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 price.

Bidders are advised to take a closer look at other examples that appear for sale.