Iron Scottish Terrier Sculpture Bookends Dog
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Pair of vintage cast iron Scottish Terrier bookends, in high relief and detail and with a rich aged patina, these ends have a weighty feel in the hands and would make a fantastic gift or addition to any fine collection.
SIZE: 5.25" x 6".
CONDITION: Very good.
BACKGROUND: The Scottish Terrier is one of the descendants of the Old Scotch Terrier, along with the Dandie Dinmont, Cairn, and West Highland White Terriers. The exact origins of the breed are obscure, but a dog of the general description dates back to some of the earliest treatises on dogs in Britain. The low stature and wiry coat have always been important characteristics to the original purpose of the breed, which was to hunt and kill the various species of wildlife that made life hard for the Scottish farmer and crofter. These species included fox, badger, wildcat, weasel, otter, and the ubiquitous rat. Losing one or two lambs could mean the difference between eating well that winter and starving to the poor farmer, and so a dog was developed that had exceptional strength and courage, in a compact, tough package. These traits are still the hallmark of the breed today.
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- Circa 1910
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