Mid-Victorian, c.1850s, a charming dog, I believe Queen Victoria's favorite, the King Charles spaniel, holding a beadwork key (some beadwork missing) and with the original lathe-turned wood frame. It's a key holder. No Victorian home would be complete without a key holder or cabinet. This one has much to recommend it. If that background was blue, he'd never come to market again. Fabulous - measurements noted on photos.
Good to very good condition for age and type. It's fine wool and glass beads worked on a linen canvas. Some metal and glass beads that would have completed the key have gone missing over the 170 or so years since someone created it. The outer frame is very nice in condition and has all of the original hardware in place. Hanging loops remain and it needs only to have your decision whether to attach it with black string only at corners (as it once was) or to make a backing for it and anchor it in a little nicer. Isn't it just too charming! Dogs are SO hard to find. All the more so if it's a King Charles spaniel. Outer measurement is 10 1/4" x 7". No breaks or chips or cracks to the ebonized frame. Very nice.
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