Staffordshire Figurine 19th Century "Prince of Wales" 18 inches tall: An early and large Staffordshire figurine of "The Prince of Wales" Stands 18 inches tall, 7 inches wide, and 5 inches deep. Light crazing and minor paint wear.
All of the Staffordshire Figures and dogs listed in this auction are early Staffordshire pieces. All of the holes on the pieces are called firing holes, and are not casting holes which would represent a modern piece. Firing holes were made to allow the release of expanding gases as the pieces were firing. These are older pieces made in press molds, not slip molds. Modern reproductions have casting holes which typically measure the size of a dime. All of the original older pieces vary slightly in height, where modern pieces are typically exact in size. Slip molding had larger casting holes because they poured the slip clay out of the mold. Another telltale difference between new and old is that on new Staffordshire Figures there is little or no paint on the back. Most or all Original Staffordshire Figurines have some hand painting on the back.