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Author Topic: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray  (Read 534 times)

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Offline Ivo

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"Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« on: April 14, 2012, 12:40:41 PM »
My oh my - sad little pooch waiting for stubs. This is an amber ashtray in two parts - the ciggie holder comes loose. Everything is incredibly neatly panel cut and polished - including sides and bottom.  The moulded foliage on the side of the ciggie holder smacks of Lalique - but of course there is no mark.

I think what this represents is Greyfriar's Bobby,  refusing to leave the tomb of his master http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby for 14 years after his death in 1858 - and thus became a  legend.

Right?


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Re: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 01:50:01 PM »
Ivo it's delightful!  but don't I recall you saying you don't 'do' brown or ashtrays  ;D  I'm not entirely sure it looks the same as the sculpture though.
I haven't seen it before (that's not saying much) but I'm sure someone will find him.
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Re: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012, 02:08:03 PM »
Wrong breed of "wee dug" I'm afraid, Ivo.
Bobby had a shorter snout and curly hair, a Skye terrier.
(I know him well.  ;) )
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby

It's not any old shade of amber - it's that one with the lovely rosy glow inside, used by quality makers.  :)
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Re: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012, 02:17:05 PM »
The statue was made much later and it is not even close to a skye terrier - check the original albument print in the Wiki - at least the ears are all right.  And which other dug does gravestones?

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Re: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2012, 02:30:31 PM »
 ;)

I did and I know,  ;) but was thinking it would have been a model/replica of the statue of the wrong wee dug. That's the famous touristy sight.

In Edinburgh, talking of "Greyfriar's Bobby" generally means the statue and its close environs - a common meeting place. The story is not what comes to mind to Edinburgers, and most know that the image has been a bit.... :-[ "tartanised".

(my cat exhumed next-door's hamster.... ;D)
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Re: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 03:53:25 PM »
Throw it in the bin, quickly. And give bac k the hamster!

oh yeah. http://www.victorianweb.org/sculpture/brodie/2.html I think that dug has more brodie in him than any Skye terrier should.

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Re: "Whitefriar's Bobby" ashtray
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 06:05:48 PM »
That's a gorgeous little set Ivo.  Beautiful colour and I love the dog - definitely has the (bow) wow factor.  :)
Nancy

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