Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dog Jewelry Museum Featured Breed: The Dachshund

The Dachshund (which means badger dog) has been reported in history as early as the 1400s. The breed was used in its native Germany to hunt badgers, foxes, and even wild boar. Dachshunds come in two sizes, miniature and standard, and a variety of coat colors and types including long hair, wire hair, smooth, with colors ranging from black to cream (to see all the variations, click here.)

Op-art Dachshund pin
Op-Art Enamel Dachshund Pin, 1960s

Dachshunds are extremely popular in the United States, ranking first in American Kennel Club registrations in 2006. The popularity of the breed is reflected in costume jewelry, with a vast number of pieces available in a variety of media. However, the Dachshund was used to represent Germany in editorial cartoons during the World Wars, and this may be why we see fewer examples of Dachshund jewelry from the WWI and WWII time frames.

The following is one of the few Dachshund pieces we've found from the 1940s:

1940s Dachshund and hydrant chatelaine pins

Dachshund jewelry comes in a variety of materials. The Dog Jewelry Museum currently has over 40 Dachshund pieces made from base metal, sterling silver, wood, and plastic. Here are some fine examples:

Gret Barkin copper Dachshund pin
Gret Barkin signed copper Dachshund pin.

Bakelite and plastic Dachshund pin

Base metal and rhinestone Dachshund pin

West Germany made wooden Dachshund

Because Dachshunds are so popular now, it is quite easy to find some lovely contemporary pieces. The Dog Jewelry Museum shows contemporary Dachshund pieces by Coyote Rose, 1928, and Dorothy Bauer. Below is a contemporary sterling silver pin of a smooth-haired Dachshund from the Jezlaine company.

Jewelry designers love creating dogs and there are many signed Dachshunds in the Museum collection. Below is a fantastic stylized piece signed Bergere.

More information about Dachshunds and where to find Dachshund jewelry.

Dachshunds in Wikipedia

Famous Dachshunds

Buy contemporary Dachshund Jewelry

Find vintage Dachshund jewelry on Google

To see all the Dachshunds, type dachshund in the search box at The Dog Jewelry Museum.

We need your help! We are looking for donations of long-haired and wire-haired Dachshund jewelry for The Dog Jewelry Museum collection. If you can donate a piece (or funds to help us purchase examples), please email us.

1 comment:

  1. What a nice collection of dachshund jewelry, thanks for sharing, the top one is especially nice. Ebay gets some nice dachshund jewelry pretty often, but I don't collect it....I like the bakelite dachshund pins that come through every once in a while though.

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