China dogs (2); RM1081


China dogs (2)

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a) A pair of Staffordshire china dogs c. 1840, once the property of the donor's great great grandfather, Benjamin Woods, New Zealand's first policeman who arrived with his family on the Westminster, 17th March 1840, as chief constable. After the evacuation of the town in 1845, he went to Auckland returning to Kororareka 1846-1853. He was court bailiff in Auckland 1846-60 (until his retirement) There is a family story that the dogs were presented to Benjamin by Governor Hobson. See "Collecting Antiques" by GB Hughes pp191-7, Staffordshire dogs. b) See also top drawer Old filing cabinet, Benjamin Woods papers (RM1057).
March 2003 a visitor told us they were rare and valuable (2- 3000pounds) known as comforters,which appeared from 1840s, a cheap china for people of limited means.
January 2012, English antique dealers in Staffordshire pottery visiting the museum, remarked that a pair of this type would have been made for the upper end of the market and would not have been regarded as "comforters" which were predominantly white, seated and taller. In today's economic climate, they would sell for 5,000 pounds.

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Presented by Jack Harold

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