How can you tell if a Staffordshire dog is real?
- Press moulded body with defined modelling and a very small firing hole in the base.
- Painted decoration: detailed with a face full of character and slight differences between the pair.
- The back may be painted.
- Soft gilding showing evidence of age.
Is Staffordshire pottery valuable? Values vary widely ranging from $500 to several thousands of dollars for each piece depending on many different factors. Staffordshire pieces were exhibited at World’s Fairs and public exhibitions like the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915.
Why are Staffordshire dogs called Wally dogs? In Scotland, they were colloquially termed Wally dugs and were manufactured in bulk at potteries in places such as Pollokshaws in Glasgow and Portobello near Edinburgh.
Is Staffordshire pottery always marked? Like other low cost mass produced items, original 19th and early 20th century Staffordshire figures are very rarely marked. Modern manufacturers, however, knowing that “Staffordshire” is respected and desired, frequently use the word to imply age, quality or other values to their modern products.