Staffordshire figures from Scotland?

Staffordshire figures from Scotland? How does that work?

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The largest concentration of potteries in Great Britain was in the county of Staffordshire

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Large Pair White and Gilt Cats, Staffordshire figures made in Staffordshire ‘The Potteries’ circa 1890

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These large white and gilt cats were made in Staffordshire in ‘The Potteries’, the seven towns that grew up around Stoke-on-Trent.

All were within easy reach of the necessary coal to fuel the kilns. Twenty tons of coal were needed to fire (bake) one ton of clay in the bottle kilns of the day.

Staffordshire Figures were also manufactured in Scotland

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Large Pair Tan St. Bernard dogs, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland circa 1900

and in the North of England.

No matter where they were made in the UK they have come to be known by one single generic term ‘Staffordshire Figures’.

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Pair Bo’ness tan cats with glass eyes, circa 1900, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland. Note these are a true pair not two singles.

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Many of the large Staffordshire animal figures so popular with collectors today were made in the Bo’ness (Borrowstounness) pottery in Scotland on the river Forth upstream from Edinburgh, birthplace of Robbie Burns, Scotland’s most celebrated poet.

All of them are available for sale at the time of posting from the Madelena online store.

Should any of the figures illustrated no longer be available from the Madelena online store please

click the following link which will take you to

all large pairs of cats, dogs or lions with glass eyes currently available for sale.

Pair green eyed cats, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland circa 1900
Pair green eyed cats, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland circa 1900

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Queen Victoria loved pets. In particular she loved her parrot named Lory, and her King Charles Spaniel named Dash. There were many others. But she was not keen on cats.

Many of us are, however, and these beauties are classic Bo’ness, grey spray paint, glass eyes, bright gilt slip cast and appealing.

 

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Large Pair Grey/brown Pugs, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland circa 1900

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Large grey pugs with glass eyes complete the décor in a master bedroom, Staffordshire Figures made in Scotland circa 1900. Private collection.

Pugs originated in China. They were imported into Holland. A pug accompanied non-English speaking King William III on his journey to claim the throne of England. More recently Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Josephine owned a Pug named Fortune, used to deliver messages to Napoleon while in prison in 1794.
Photographs sent to us recently of a private collection show pugs in pride of place.

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Large grey pugs with glass eyes complete the décor in yet another master bedroom, Staffordshire Figures made in Scotland circa 1900. Private collection.

Lo and behold, here in another extensive and wonderful collection they have again been positioned in the top spot, either side of the big screen in the master bedroom.

Don’t they look homely?

 

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How interesting that both collectors gave late Victorian pugs pride of place in their master bedroom décor.

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Large Pair Jackfield Cats, Staffordshire figures made in England circa 1890

 

 

 

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Not all large animal figures were made in Scotland. Here is another example. ‘Jackfield’ is the generic term given to just about any Staffordshire figure with black glaze over red body.

The Jackfield factory in Shropshire, England, was allegedly the first to produce these wares, copied thereafter by many others.

 

 

Staffordshire Figure Boness Lion
One of a pair of Large tan lions with glass eyes, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland circa 1890. Private collection.

If you are looking to buy figures similar to these illustrated, please contact us if there are none in our online store of large animal figures.

Or try out our free search service.  Email us to let us know what you are trying to find.

Cats, dogs and lions surface often so it should not take us long to find what you are searching for at a reasonable price.

 

Staffordshire Figures Boness collies Pair
Large pair tan Collies, Staffordshire figures made in Scotland circa 1890

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