Papier-mâché pull-along models of bulldogs and terrier with nodding heads and growling mechanisms were popular amusements in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras – but it seems not all of the examples seen on the market today are quite so old.
This example offered at auction in February,
was catalogued as "a French papier-mâché growling bulldog with
glass eyes, possibly by Roullet Et Decamp, circa 1900, 16in" and
sold for £750 plus commission.
However, upon receipt of the item the buyer
quickly identified it as a clever but recent reproduction. The
auctioneers were happy to provide a full refund of the sale
Bidders are advised to take a closer look at other examples that
appear for sale.