Signed Ford Enamel Dog Stickpin
The Victorians believed that no house was a home without a dog or cat in residence and jewelry was often designed to include an image of a cherished pet.
Here we have a classic example of a miniature enamel by William Bishop Ford. While not as well-known as contemporaries J. W. Bailey and William Essex, he was a specialist painter of miniature enamels and studied under Essex. He typically painted enamel onto porcelain, copper and gold and did work for the Minton porcelain company displayed at the 1885 Paris Exhibition.
Against an enamel backdrop the color of dusty olive green, a carefully executed portrait of a Manchester terrier or Miniature Pinscher dog glows with rich shadings of mahogany-red enamel and black. Realistically rendered wedge-shaped head and v-shaped ears, the small oblong eyes clearly convey intelligence, a lively personality and undying loyalty. Even the texture of the sleek and shiny coat is apparent. The miniature has been set into a gold twisted wire mount. The pin is original and of gilded metal. Signed on the reverse “WB Ford 1873”.
Condition: Excellent; very light surface wear to enamel and gold commensurate with age and use.
Measurements: 2-7/8 inches (7.3 cm) in length and ¾ of an inch (1.9 cm) in diameter. This antique stickpin has a weight of 3.7 grams (2.4 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1873 and is English in origin.
Overall Scale: Medium
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