The Sporting & Wildlife Sale | 24 April 2013

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Lot no.


A collection of Victorian enamel dog and fox buttons and a brooch, comprisi...

Sold for £2000

Est: £800–1200

A collection of Victorian enamel dog and fox buttons and a brooch, comprising: a mid Victorian gold and enamel dog brooch by William Essex, signed and dated 1864, the circular circular disc enamelled with the head of a bloodhound after a detail from 'Dignity & Impudence' after Sir Edwin Landseer, in a gold buckle mount, 4.5cm diameter; a smilar button by William Essex, signed and dated 1882, 3.1cm diameter;
two late Victorian enamel buttons by James (John) Bailey, both with the heads of boxers, both signed and dated 1883, each 2.3cm diameter; two further enamel buttons with the heads of boxers by William Essex, both signed and dated 1862, 2.1cm diameter; two mid Victorian enamel buttons by William Essex, one with the head of a Bernese mountain dog, the other of a bloodhound, both signed and dated 1862, each 2.1cm diameter; a late Victorian enamel button by W. B. Ford, signed and dated 1885, with the head of a lurcher in a gilt metal mount, 2.3cm diameter; a late Victorian enamel button, with the head of a Staffordshire terrier, unsigned and undated, 2.1cm diameter; and three mid Victorian enamel buttons by William Essex, each with the heads of foxes, all signed W. Essex and dated 1861 and 1862, each 2.1cm diameter (13)
William Essex (1784?-1869), James (John) William Bailey (1831-1914) and William Bishop Ford (1832-1922). Both Bailey and Ford were pupils of William Essex. In 1839 Essex was appointed Enamel Painter in Ordinary to Princess Augusta, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The only item with marks is the brooch. This is stamped '18K', the other items have no marks. They appear to be gilt metal, most of the shanks are rubbed.
Brooch - There are three cracks to the outer edges of the enamel. Light surface scratches.
Wessex 1882 - Piece to the top right of the enamel is missing. There is also a crack and light scratches.
Bailey - One is loose in the mount. Small chip to the nose.
Wessex - Two small nicks to the enamel. Slight surface scratches.
Bloodhound - 3mm chip under the nose. Slightly loose in mount.
Bernese - Fine.
Lurcher - Fine surface scratches
Terrier - Fine surface scratches. Slight chip inder one eye.
Foxes - One with 5mm chip to edge. One very loose in mount. Slight paint loss to one ear. All with suraface scratches.

The Sporting & Wildlife Sale

Wednesday 24 April 2013, 10.00am

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