A Victorian  sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England, maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883

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Lot 89
A Victorian sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England
maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883

Sold for US$ 5,000 inc. premium

Dogs in Show and Field

17 Feb 2016, 10:00 EST

New York

A Victorian sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England
maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883
Leather lined, inscribed "Help/was Presented with this Collar/on the 1st of Jan, 1884/by W.F. Hughes Esq./Gresham Club London", with tag inscribed "I Am Help/The Railway Dog of England/and/Travelling Agent for the Orphans/of/Railway Men Who are Killed on Duty/My Office is at/55 Colebrooke Row London/Where subscriptions will/be/Thankfully Received & Duly Acknowledged", cased with medallion from the Bristol, Clifton & West of England Dog Show, 1884, handwritten notes from Hughes and Climpson and gallery receipt
diameter of collar 6in; width of tag 3 5/8in
the case height 4in; width 7 3/4in; length 10 1/2in
(5).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    W.F. Hughes, 1884
    bequeathed to John Climpson, 1889
    bequeathed to Henry Hutchinson Spiller, 107 Fleet Street, London, 1904
    with the Parker Gallery, London
    acquired by Mrs. James B. Stoddard, Corona del Mar, California, 1967

    Help, was a Scotch Collie bred by W. Reddell of Halies, Haddingtonshire, Scotland and trained and handled by John Climpson, a passenger guard on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Help, equipped with a collecting box, traveled extensively throughout Britain and France from 1882 to 1889, to raise money for the 'Orphans Fund'.

    His appearances at railwaymen's meetings, fundraisers and dog shows made Help a celebrity and his success launched a legion of charity collecting dogs. In 1884 he earned £10 and received a commemorative medal at the Bristol Dog Show. Help retired in 1890 and when he died in 1891, John Climpson had him stuffed and displayed in a glass case in Brighton Station.
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A Victorian  sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England, maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883
A Victorian  sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England, maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883
A Victorian  sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England, maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883
A Victorian  sterling silver dog collar: HELP, the Railway Dog of England, maker's mark rubbed, London, 1883
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