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UNDER THE HAMMER.

Byline: Mike Litherland

RE you a dog lover, and do you want to pamper your pooch with a new collar? AWe recently sold a brass dog collar (shown below), dating back to the 19th century, for PS180.

Love them or hate them, dogs have been man's best friend for centuries. Proof has been found of domesticated dogs as early as 5000 BC. As soon as man began to appreciate his canine counterparts, dog collars began to be introduced.

Representations of dogs wearing collars have been found in Ancient Egyptian ruins from 3500-3000 BC. In ancient Greece and Rome dogs often wore spiked and studded collars to protect the animal's neck against predators, as dogs were often used to defend livestock. In addition to their practical purposes, dogs throughout ancient Greece and Rome were also good companions.

In fact the relationship between dog and owner was often so intense that Caesar is said to have criticized citizens for giving more attention to their dogs than their children.

In the 1500s the middle classes began to expand in Europe; this meant dogs were no longer the sole domain of the wealthy and working classes and affordable collars were needed. Leather collars without much ornamentation were the norm.

During this time, the padlock collar became fashionable. It contained a padlock to which only the owner had the key; this meant that if there was a question of ownership, the real owner could prove his claim by opening the padlock.

In the 1700s silver, gold and brass collars with engravings were popular. These often displayed the name of the owner.

Today, the use of dog collars can be a symbol of personal style. There is a huge market for designer labels and Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci have all created their own dog collars.

We are accepting quality items for are forthcoming sales in jewellery, watches, clocks, silverware, porcelain, paintings and antique furniture. Don't forget we have millitaria sales medals and decorations, badges, swords and bayonets. We also have sales of collectable toys and model railways.

Our free valuation day is every Friday at our Southport office: 43 Hoghton Street, PR9 0PG, from 10.30am-12pm or 2-4pm. Call 01704 538489 to make an appointment. If you have items too large to bring in, email a photograph to auction@lots.uk.com or we can come to you. We also offer Probate, insurance valuations and house clearance.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2016
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