Older 19th c. pair of Staffordshire Spaniels, seated, decorated with a gold chain and locket, and with a creamy white base coat. Firing holes on the back of each. Raised letter B on base. Overall age appropriate crazing. English, 7 1/2"x5"x9 3/4" tall. Weight 5 pd 12 oz. Condition; no defects observed but age appropriate overall fine crazing on both visible, firing holes to back of both, paint is worn in spots. PROVENANCE: A Pawleys Island SC Private Estate. Staffordshire dog figurines are matching pairs of pottery spaniel dogs, standing guard, which were habitually placed on mantelpieces in 19th-century homes where they could be admired. Mainly manufactured at the Staffordshire Potteries, these earthenware figures were also made in other English counties and in Scotland. They are also known as hearth spaniels or fireplace dogs as they were positioned on top of the mantelpiece. Many other breeds were produced, particularly the greyhound, though the spaniels were especially popular and this is attributed to royalty favouring the King Charles Spaniel breed. In Scotland, they were colloquially termed Wally dugs and were manufactured in bulk at potteries in places such as Pollokshaws in Glasgow and Portobello near Edinburgh.