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ANTIQUE FRENCH BULLDOG GROWLER PULL TOY c 1890

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ANTIQUE FRENCH BULLDOG GROWLER PULL TOY c 1890
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Antique c.1890 Papier-Mache French Growler Bulldog. Working, Rolls and Growls.. The body of the Growler from the neck down is a single piece of papier-mache, attached to a papier-mache head with a hinged jaw and glass eyes. The feet have wooden castors half-embedded, and a chain from the Growlers neck allows it to be pulled along a hard surface like a dog on a leash. The chain disappears into the back of the Growler's neck, and connects to an internal mechanism so that when the chain is pulled, the dog's head moves, its mouth opens, and it emits a growl or bark.The outside of the body and head is covered in a 'plush' coating to approximate the look and feel of the short hair of the breed.The joint between the head and neck is concealed by a wide fringed collar. These collars were almost ubiquitous on real French Bulldogs of the era (and up to the early 1930s) and were 'fashionable' representations of the badger or boar hair collars worn by their earlier "working" Bulldog ancestors as fighting collars so that the stiff hair would provide some protection for the neck if attacked. Although most of the early French Bulldogs were not working dogs, it was apparently fashionable for them to still wear the authentic badger-hair collar, and the papier-mache toys followed the convention.The first "Growlers" appeared in 1880s France. Following the ban on blood sports such as bull baiting in the UK in 1835, a great number of Bulldogs who were then 'unemployed' were exported from England to France and after some selective breeding which decreased their size and improved their temperament, the French Bulldog emerged as a breed and was extremely popular both in France and in the UK with well to do and 'society' families. The popularity of the breed led to these almost life sized and very life like toys being made in great numbers. After all, if one couldn't obtain a French Bulldog, the next best thing was a French Bulldog toy. Various different designs were created but they were all instantly recognisable. 21" long. Weight PROVENANCE: A Private Charleston SC Estate. NO IN HOUSE SHIPPING. *******Pickup or Shipping on this item offered through, UPS (843) 203-3466 store7194@theupsstore.com , Pak Mail 843-849-0310 - info@charlestonshipping.com Please contact one of them or your own choice of shipper directly.
Condition
good, minor wear to ears, see photos
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ANTIQUE FRENCH BULLDOG GROWLER PULL TOY c 1890

Estimate $2,500 - $3,000
Oct 02, 2022
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Starting Price $5
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0142: ANTIQUE FRENCH BULLDOG GROWLER PULL TOY c 1890
Sold for $1,60015 Bids
Est. $2,500 - $3,000Starting Price $5
FALL 2022 SOUTHERN ESTATES
Oct 02, 2022 1:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0142 Details
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Antique c.1890 Papier-Mache French Growler Bulldog. Working, Rolls and Growls.. The body of the Growler from the neck down is a single piece of papier-mache, attached to a papier-mache head with a hinged jaw and glass eyes. The feet have wooden castors half-embedded, and a chain from the Growlers neck allows it to be pulled along a hard surface like a dog on a leash. The chain disappears into the back of the Growler's neck, and connects to an internal mechanism so that when the chain is pulled, the dog's head moves, its mouth opens, and it emits a growl or bark.The outside of the body and head is covered in a 'plush' coating to approximate the look and feel of the short hair of the breed.The joint between the head and neck is concealed by a wide fringed collar. These collars were almost ubiquitous on real French Bulldogs of the era (and up to the early 1930s) and were 'fashionable' representations of the badger or boar hair collars worn by their earlier "working" Bulldog ancestors as fighting collars so that the stiff hair would provide some protection for the neck if attacked. Although most of the early French Bulldogs were not working dogs, it was apparently fashionable for them to still wear the authentic badger-hair collar, and the papier-mache toys followed the convention.The first "Growlers" appeared in 1880s France. Following the ban on blood sports such as bull baiting in the UK in 1835, a great number of Bulldogs who were then 'unemployed' were exported from England to France and after some selective breeding which decreased their size and improved their temperament, the French Bulldog emerged as a breed and was extremely popular both in France and in the UK with well to do and 'society' families. The popularity of the breed led to these almost life sized and very life like toys being made in great numbers. After all, if one couldn't obtain a French Bulldog, the next best thing was a French Bulldog toy. Various different designs were created but they were all instantly recognisable. 21" long. Weight PROVENANCE: A Private Charleston SC Estate. NO IN HOUSE SHIPPING. *******Pickup or Shipping on this item offered through, UPS (843) 203-3466 store7194@theupsstore.com , Pak Mail 843-849-0310 - info@charlestonshipping.com Please contact one of them or your own choice of shipper directly.
Condition
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good, minor wear to ears, see photos
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