This is a collectable pair of antique Staffordshire pottery birds - which would probably be used as chimney place ornaments or decorations.
They are a genuine matching pair - and both in good condition.
The pair dates to around the 1860s.
They are possibly Male Willow Ptarmigan in their winter plumage. The Ptarmigan is noted for the red plumage around its eye. And they are often seen on rocky banks covered in rough foliage.
DIMENSIONS: The height: 9 3/4 inches (25 cm). Width is 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) Depth is 2 3/4 inches (7 cm).
Condition - they are in excellent antique condition with no chips or cracks. Their beaks are undamaged with no restorations. I love their black-painted spindly feet. The wing feathers of each bird are well modelled and have great detail to them, as photographed. They would have probably had more touches of gilding on the feathers and chest section - but this appears to have been rubbed with the figures being handled over the years.
They are a nice size for a modern domestic interior.
These are genuine Victorian examples and NOT later copies or reproductions. They are antique pieces and are priced and sold as such.
The pair with be about £10 to post to you with either Royal Mail or Parcelforce insured and tracked.