Ceramic majolica game-pie tureens with animals on the top. George Jones. Starting out as a Minton apprentice, George Jones started his own manufacturing around 1861. He died in 1873 with the firm continuing until the 1950s.

Two handled game-pie tureen with cover and pie-liner, the grass modelled cover with a partridge finial, the tureen frieze modelled in relief with rabbits, ferns, oak leaves, and acorns. ca. 1875. English. Ceramic majolicaware. George Jones, maker. Maker’s marks: impressed crescent mark; indistinct registration lozenge for December, 1873. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/7972/drewea1-10253/lot-details/18b37a46-6d3f-42bc-b2a4-adb000f889d1
Two-handle game pie dish with liner. The game-pie dish modeled as a basket weave and featuring a goose, hares, birds, and fish amongst leaves with brown, green, and white being the predominant colors. Late 19th c. English. Ceramic majolicaware. George Jones, maker. Maker’s marks: bears the pattern number “3569”; English diamond registration mark for the date ?? (unreadable). Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2873455/late-19th-century-george-jones-majolica-goose-fish-game-dish
Game-pie dish that features a fox and hunting paraphernalia. Turquoise ground variation with turquoise, green and brown being the predominant colors. Late 19th c. English. Ceramic majolicaware. George Jones, maker. Maker’s marks: bears the pattern number “2262.” Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2904469/late-19th-century-george-jones-fox-game-pie-dish

Novelty silver cruet sets, all of these with animal themes. Different times but all fun.

Pair of Novelty silver cruets with glass liners. The peppers and mustard pots modeled as riding boots, the salt as upturned jockey caps, the handles as spurs, and the spoons as riding crops. 1871. English. Made in London by Richard Hodd and Son. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26963/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Novelty silver plate cruet salt and pepperpot and egg cruet set with all four piece standing on a silver-plated tray with a central handle and reeded edge. The salt and pepper pots which have lids that screw of so they can be refilled are in the form of baby chicks with the two egg cups modeled as broken egg shells standing on chicken legs. Undated. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/324001949513
Cast novelty table cruet in silver-plate with glass liners modeled as a dog standing on a naturalistic base with the open salt in his mouth in the form of a handled basket with the mustard and pepper held on either side of the dog. Registered on April 4, 1871. Victorian. Cast and signed by the manufacturer on the underside. Maker’s marks: diamond shaped English registration mark on the base. Image © Antiques Atlas, 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/novelty__figural_dog_cruet_in_silver_plate_-_1871/as584a1768

Centerpieces by Elkington of Birmingham, England in silver and bronze. A pair of snazzy dessert stands, too. But you’ll see, they fit right in. Set a table you’ll have to live up to instead of the other way around.

Silvered bronze centerpiece with silvered bronze figures and chasing on the base and an original glass bowl. 1859. Victorian. Made in Birmingham, England by Elkington, Mason and Company. Maker’s marks: marked to the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/elkington-mason-co-rare-important-historic-silvered-bronze-centerpiece/id-f_12625162/?utm_content=condensed&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5PGFBhC2ARIsAIFIMNc65CH7UexSTUc5uw7ym5rU1I0IT1roT0KER1qtKK06mUpEsozwAqUaAnp9EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Pair of sterling silver dessert stands, each of them featuring three gilt figures of Bast (the winged cat) appearing to hold up the central urn shaped column which stands on three clawed feet. Frosted and cut glass dishes. 1873. Victorian. Egyptian Revival. Made in Birmingham, England by Elkington. Maker’s marks hallmarks to the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/egyptian-revival-antique-sterling-silver-pair-of-dessert-stands-elkington/id-f_16494102/

Centerpiece in bronze. Shaped bronze base with two entwined palms sheltering two greyhounds or whippets, modeled after Pierre-Jules Menne’s “Two Whippets at Play” and a Villeroy and Boch plate in blue and white ceramic. Early 20th c. British. Made by Elkington of Birmingham, England. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/villeroy-boch-plate-elkington-co-centerpiece-after-pj-mennes-two-whippets/id-f_20456382/#skuId=f_20456382S1

Down to the water with English painter Hopkins Horsley Hobday Horsley who lived from 1807 to 1890.

“A continental town, possibly Lucerne, beside a river.” 19th c. English. Oil on canvas. Image © COPYRIGHT 2020 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD.  Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/7820/drewea1-10227/lot-details/f79a50ee-10d8-4eb5-af1e-ad18012532f2
“Sidmouth Beach and Cliffs, Devon.” 1880. Collections of and Image © Sidmouth Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/sidmouth-beach-and-cliffs-devon-96041
“On the Sands at Rhyl, North Wales.” 1856. English. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Birmingham Museums Trust. Image source: art.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hopkins_Horsley_Hobday_Horsley_(1807-1890)-_On_the_Sands_at_Rhyl1992P3-_Birmingham_Museums_Trust.jpg

Victorian paintings of dogs painted by British artist George Armfield (1808-1893). Exhibited nearly one hundred paintings at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists between 1830 and 1875.


“Hunting Dogs.” 19th c. British. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower left and lower right “G A.” Image © Uno Langmann Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.langmann.com/paintings/hunting-dogs-by-george-armfield?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=606e392f0ecd3c6d386d3c8c&ss_email_id=6084ac857d3f9e48faa5e60b&ss_campaign_name=Equestrian+Newsletter&ss_campaign_sent_date=2021-04-24T23%3A41%3A09Z
“How was your day?” 19th c. British. Oil on panel. Image © 2019 by J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art. Fair use license. via https://www.jmstringergallery.com/george-armfield
“Terrier Chasing a Rat.” 19th c. British. Oil on canvas. Initialed “G. A.” on the bottom right. Image © 2016 – 2021 The Swan Gallery & SWD. Fair use license. via https://www.swangallery.co.uk/view-item.php?sid=68eaefd323ed2373754d22d379ebf058&itemid=1000794
Standing English Setter holding a pheasant standing around ferns and bramble. ca. 1860. British. Image © Hamshere Gallery. Fair use license. via http://www.hamsheregallery.co.uk/directory_individual.php?artist=18&search=1&table=artist

Snuff mulls in rams horn and silver or silver plate. Sitting on castors, they were pushed around the dining room table so everyone could take their snuff. Two with finials modeled as animals, the third made with an actual ram’s head with horns attached.

Presentation large snuff mall, the scrolling horns centered by a silver snuff mall and raised on a scroll support, the hinged flat cover of the mull with a horse-form finial, all above a band of thistles, the horn tips applied with silver sleeves engraved with thistles, the side engraved with a presentation inscription dated 1902 above the depiction of a distillery. 1901. Made in Sheffield, England by Walker and Hall. Silver and ram horn. Maker’s marks: marked on the the side, cover, underside of the cover and the horn tips. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/edwardian-silver-ram-horn-presentation-large-snuff-mull-58/114936
Snuff mall which, mounted on castors, would have been rolled down the table for gentlemen to partake of the snuff in the small silver box on top of the ram’s head. Attached to the ram’s head by small silver chains are a rake with which to scratch the snuff, a small spoon to scoop it up and a rabbit’s foot for the gentlemen to wipe their moustaches after taking their snuff. 1875. Made in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Mosgiel Woolen Company. Silver, ram’s head and rabbit foot. Collections of the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, New Zealand.  © Crown Copyright. Fair use license. via https://teara.govt.nz/en/object/38961/rams-head-snuff-mull#:~:text=A%20snuff%20mull%20is%20an,top%20of%20the%20ram’s%20head.
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Silver plated ram’s horn presentation snuff mall topped with a hinged box. Dog finial standing guard above a stag’s head with a single hoof support and the end of the horn tipped with a claw shaped silver mount. Late 19th c. Made in Sheffield, England by Walker and Hall. Silver plate and ram’s horn. Image © Cynthia Findlay Fine Jewellery and Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.cynthiafindlay.com/victorian-silver-plated-rams-horn-snuff-mull.html

Egg cruets. Yes, the Victorians had specialized tableware for everything imaginable. But still. . . much prettier than those ceramic bluebird looking things in Walmart.

Four egg cruet. Basket weave with a shaped base that has a beaded rim with coordinating folding handle. Four removable egg cups and four egg spoons. ca. 1890-1910. English, made in London. Silver plate. G. R. Collis and Company. maker. Maker’s marks: fully marked on the underside for G. R. Collis and Company. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/quality-antique-silver-plated-four-egg-cruet-gr-collis-london/id-f_21469492/
.”Cooking Tripod” novelty egg cruet in the form of a lashed cooking tripod, with a silver rope fastening the egg cups in place and a spoon attached to each leg. 1894. Victorian. English, made in Sheffield. Sterling silver. Maker mark’s: Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1894 by John Round and Son, Ltd. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/victorian-novelty-cooking-tripod-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-from-1894/id-f_18886372/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql6inqs0WZR86XOiIifLPiTr1H_weT5MUtSh0jwGoT9NJaoog84D5dRoC1pQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=a
Sterling silver egg cruet with silver gilt egg cups that stand on a hexagonal star point frame with floral engraving throughout. The frame having decorative scroll feet and a heart shaped handle. 1845. Gothic Revival. Victorian. Made in London, England. Sterling silver and silver gilt. Joseph Angell and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: hallmarked in London in 1845 for Joseph Angell and Son. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/gothic-revival-antique-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-hallmarked-1845/id-f_16494952/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql1d8N1T5AE85QEvVzGt_n5fwREtnt7b0G44G4UPcLvjURR5K1

Flower pictures from Ireland just a hop, skip and jump back. Andrew Nicholl, artist. Living from 1804 to 1886, he painted beaches in Ceylon too but I like the flower ones best.

“July Wildflowers.” 19th c. Irish. Watercolor on paper. Image © Irish Museum of Modern Art. Fair use license. via https://imma.ie/collection/july-wild-flowers/
“A flowerbank with poppies, harebells and marigolds.” 19th c. Irish. Pencil and watercolor, heightened with touches of bodycolor and with scratching out. Signed signed “A. Nicholl, R.H.A.” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4704754
“Wildflowers with a View of Dublin Dunleary.” 19th c. Watercolor on paper. Collections of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Image © bridgemanimages.com. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-prints/Andrew-Nicholl/126151/Wildflowers-with-a-View-of-Dublin-Dunleary-.html

Victorian horses (and a cow). Thomas Walker Bretland, English painter. Living from 1802 to 1874, he started out painting coaches and carriage with his father. Later he switched to horses and other animals.

“Hare Coursing.” ca. 1838. English. Oil on canvas. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4933836
“A black stallion in a landscape.” 1840s. English. Signed, inscribed and indistinctly dated on the lower left: “Bretland / Glasgow / 184[].” Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/royal-and-noble/a-black-stallion-in-a-landscape
“Longhorn Cow.” 1864. English. Oil on canvas. Collections of Shugborough Hall.. Image © Staffordshire Heritage & Arts. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/longhorn-cow-18555

Victorian flowers, lithographic plates from “A monograph of the genus Lilium.” Written by John Henry Elwes and illustrated by W. H. Fitch, it was published in London in 1877.

“Lilith Philippenense.” Page 32. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n31/mode/2up
“Lilium Hanson.” Page 34. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n33/mode/2up
“Lilium Pomponium.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n37/mode/2up