I won two pairs of 19th century Staffordshire dogs today. The above pair are 9 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches wide each. They are green with gold lusters and have lockets, chains, and collars. They have blue eyes with a pink underglaze.One can tell the 19th century Staffordshire dogs from the recent ones because they have firing holes instead of casting holes. Firing holes let the gases out while in the kiln. Also, the older ones are made in press molds instead of slip molds.
Modern pieces have holes in them about the size of a dime. Both dogs in modern pieces will be the same height. Older pieces may have one dog a bit larger than the other.
The experts at Fusco Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio have taught me all of this valuable information.