It’s the perfect present for your pet pooch – a 31-strong collection of antique dog collars going under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire next year.
The collection includes collars of all shapes and sizes, from delicate engraved silver bands for the smallest of lapdogs, to 4-inch wide brass mastiff collars. The collars date from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, and are fashioned from silver, brass, copper and leather embellished with locks, studs, bells and inscriptions.
Antique dog collars are highly collectable. Coveted for their decorative qualities, as curios or objets d’art, those collars inscribed with witty mottos or with an interesting owner’s name or address are especially prized. The collars in the present collection are sure to catch the eye of many a dog-lover, and range in price from £200 up to £2,000.
The earliest collar in the collection, with an estimate of £2,000 to £3,000, is a silver William & Mary example dated 1691, and inscribed ‘Miss R Jenkins, Charlton Hill’. A George I brass collar inscribed ‘Mr John Bordwisell of Boothferry owner in Yorkshire 1721’ is estimated at £700-1,000, and amongst the inscribed collars is a brass example dating from the 19th century which reads ‘Steal me not but let me jog; for I am Mrs Gwynn’s Dog’.
The sale takes place on March 17.