Antiques with pedigree

A Private Collection of Antique Dog Collars is to be sold in Tennants Auctioneers’ Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March 2018. The 31-strong 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.

For thousands of years dogs have been man’s constant companion; however, the dog’s relationship with man has gradually evolved from being a protector and hunting partner to a much loved pet. The dog collar has adapted alongside the changing role of dogs in our lives. Many of the earliest known dog collars were wide metal contraptions covered in spikes to protect vulnerable necks when hunting wolves and bears, or from attacking foe. Gradually, as dogs became both symbols of status and pampered pets, the dog collar became more ornamental, reflecting the wealth and standing of the dog’s owner.

The earliest collar in the collection is a silver William & Mary example dated 1691, and is inscribed ‘Miss R Jenkins, Charlton Hill’ (estimate £2,000-3,000 plus buyer’s premium).  A George I brass collar inscribed ‘Mr John Bordwisell of Boothferry owner in Yorkshire 1721’ is estimated at £700-1,000 plus buyer’s premium, 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’.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available at leading up to the sale. Further entries are now invited for the Spring Fine Art Sale, and to enquire about entering items for sale please contact the salerooms on 01969 623780.

A William & Mary Silver Dog Collar, which belonged to Miss R Jenkins Estimate: £2,000-3,000, and a George I Brass Dog Collar, which belonged to Mr John Bordwisell Estimate: £700-1,000