Sixty-seven percent of households in the US today own a pet, but that wasn't always the case. Prior to the 19th century, keeping pets was heavily frowned upon and seen as frivolous and absurd.
However, in the late 18th century writers and artists began to see the benefits of pet ownership and assigned them a new moral value -- making keeping domestic animals culturally acceptable for the masses. Pets became seen as character and morality building for young children as well as a necessity for a happy home.
Dogs were the preferred pet of choice among Victorians because they were viewed as loyal, steadfast and courageous. Pedigree and exotic dog breeds also were sought after as a symbol of wealth and social status.
As pets became more integrated into everyday Victorian life, it's no surprise that these beloved animals became immortalized in many jewelry pieces of the era.
This darling, intricately detailed gold filled dog house charm will allow you to always keep man's best friend close to your heart. Waiting inside this picturesque little house is a hand carved dog made of walrus tusk ivory with glass eyes. He is attached to a small spring.
This piece originally had a small door that would open to release the dog. However, the door has been removed at some point, so now you can see Fido peeking out all the time.
Since this piece was created before 1972, it is exempt from the Marine Mammal Protection Act regarding walrus ivory and is legal to be purchased and sold.
Materials: Gold filled metal, ivory, glass
Measurements: 11/16" x 7/16" x 1"
Markings: Pat. Applied For
Metal has light scratches and patina consistent with age and use. The original door has been removed and the hinges have been filed down. The dog is not functioning properly on his spring and he is missing one eye. Still a super cute little piece.