I know there are a lot of collectors of dog items, but none more prolific than those that love scottie dogs! We have a lot of requests for them in our antique booth (written on a wish list at the front of the mall) and also at flea markets. I love dogs. We have a West Highland White Terrier (westie) which is similar to a scottie, but white. There are some similarities, not only in appearance but personalities. Both breeds have an “aloof quality”, are considered to be a bit stubborn, are affectionate, and they seem to have a sense of humor.
I wondered when the scottie became that popular and recalled a President of the United States years ago that had one as his favorite breed. It is said he rarely left home without it, traveling all over the country. I learned it was FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd President. The dog’s name was Fala. I understand that Eleanor Roosevelt had a scottie named Meggie that she brought to the White House as well, and more recently President George W. Bush had two of them; one named Barney and the other Miss Beasley.
Other “famous” scotties including the little metal game piece in the board game of Monopoly, Jock, the faithful friend of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, and several educational institutions even have the black doggie as the mascot (Carniegie Mellon University and Agnes Scott College.)
There are a few scottie items around our house. One is a cast iron bank which is actually my husband’s, given to him by his mom as a young lad. If the intention was to save for a rainy day or large amounts for his old age, it has failed him miserably. But in fairness to him, even if he had attempted to put away every penny from his paper route (at age 12), it would have been too small to accumulate much of a fortune. It is still a charmer and rests on shelves in our TV room.
I have a few figurines as well, and some bookends that do their best to hold up books. Cute as can be, but without much weight.
I recently sold a marvelous plaster plaque of a scottie and a westie, famous for advertising for Black and White Whiskey. It was purchased by a buyer from the United Kingdom. I understood that purchase very well. When we were in England a few years back, we noticed how many people had one of these two terriers; a few had one of each. They were walking everywhere and often were brought right into the restaurants, something that is not acceptable in the US. We found it to be delightful that some of the dining places actually had a basket of dog biscuits at the front counter, welcoming the pooches!
I have seen numerous examples of these dogs; you can find statues, jewelry, doorstops, pictures with a corresponding verse, desk top items such as pen holders and paper clip dishes, men’s tie holders…you name it, they are out there. I wish you happy hunting in adding to your collection!