It Came From Behind The Shelf No.9

London

Ah, the ‘Skyfall’ bulldog. Some while back I mentioned fairings, those peculiar china items you could win at 19th century funfairs. I had several creepy Victorian ones, but they got thrown out when I went Minimalist. Due to the enduring popularity of the bulldog (a Victorian item that returned during the Churchill years because it resembled the great leader) such items continued to be found in antique shops with substantial price tags.

Then ‘Skyfall’ featured one on M’s desk. The result of its new-found popularity was that the Royal Doulton Mint received requests to start manufacturing them again. I don’t like ornaments in general, but this little thing was quirky enough to come and stay – although it has already been assigned a place behind the books. Is it jingoistic? Of course! It’s a bulldog wrapped in a Union Jack, for frick’s sake! But so much so that it’s kinda fun…

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6 comments on “It Came From Behind The Shelf No.9”

  1. pheeny says:

    Shame it hasn’t got a nodding head, then it would be perfect

  2. admin says:

    That dates you!

  3. Jo W says:

    Yeah! One-two-three- British Bulldog !!! And that dates me!

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    We still have bubbleheads here of every and anyone…. so we’re timeless. I guess.

  5. Helen Martin says:

    Fortunately I didn’t play British Bulldog. That is a wonderful bulldog and you can see it’s not your average souvenir piece. You really can see the difference between quality and non.

  6. glasgow1975 says:

    not sure you can Helen, even Royal Doulton make everything in the Far East now :/

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