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VictorianCarved Wood French BulldogStick Pin


A brief history of the French bulldog: these petite, short-haired, buff doggos are descended from an Ancient Greek breed that was disseminated throughout the wider world by Phoenician traders. After being introduced in Britain they were bred into working dogs: mastiffs and bulldogs. The bulldog takes its name from the job it was bred to perform: bull-baiting. However, bull-baiting was banned in Great Britain at the end of the Georgian period and the bulldog found itself out of a job. At this point they were bred with terriers to reduce their size and voila! the miniature bulldog was born. This toy breed became extremely popular in France. British breeders exported the vast majority of their dogs to France, frequently sending over the dogs with "inferior" traits such as very small size and ears that stick up - enter the Frenchie!! This highly unusual Victorian stick pin features a carved wood French bulldog head with a little brass ball.


  • Materials

    9k gold, wood, brass

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - the dog probably had paste or gemstone eyes which are now missing

  • Size

    Dog head and brass ball measure 1/2" x 3/8", 2.5" stick pin