Taxidermy Dog Head by Rowland Ward
Outstanding c1900 Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog head, mounted by Rowland Ward of Piccadilly, London. Modelled in a most lifelike and characterful pose, turned from its shield, inset with glass eyes and having realistic folds to the fur and facial features. Both ears are firm and intact. The fur is full and wonderfully coloured in its mottled coat. The head is mounted to a large and original oak shield, distinctively shaped with pointed tips and a bevelled edge. The reverse carries a small, early-style paper label for ‘The Jungle, Trade Mark, Rowland Ward, 167 Piccadilly London’. Also bearing vestiges of a label with care instructions, along with R.W initials and a metal bracket for wall hanging. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was created in 19th Century Britain as a fighting and guard dog. This was clearly a well serving and beloved companion, immortalized by one of the world’s finest taxidermists.
Log: 147 Date: c1900 Depth 42cm Shield 54cm x 39cm