This is a very rare survivor from the early 20th Century.
It is a most beautifully carved wooden clothes brush holder which takes the form of an English bulldog.
These novelty carved brushes were very popular in the Edwardian era.
It is finely carved and also has its original glass eyes. There is a hook on the back so that you could hang the brush and holder in your hallway mirror to give yourself a quick brush down on your way out.
The brush is also original to the piece with wooden back and black bristles. The bristles are in good condition and all present with no losses.
The carved dog is in good condition - a couple of minor scuffs to the surface - but nothing distracting and really commensurate with age and use. The ears and his little red feet have their original red paint. A minute crack to the back near the base - but again just commensurate with age and not visible unless on close up inspection.
These novelty dogs are highly collectable and fetch much higher with specialist antique dealers - so this is really a fair price for this wee chap, especially with his original bristle brush still present - many have replacement ones.
More images can be supplied on request.
Dimensions: 7 1/4 inches from base to top of his head. Width is 4 inches and his depth is also 4 inches. The bristle brush is 6 3/4 inches in length and is 1 3/4 inches wide.
Weight 500 grams (would be about 1 kg in weight all packed up).
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