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Animal Fairings, Lobsters and Dogs

Updated on January 16, 2015

Lobster and Dog Fairings

Fairings were manufactured in Germany between 1890 and 1910. The adorable souvenirs were called Fairings because they were sold at town, city or state fairs. The most popular fairings were pigs because of the german correlation between pigs being lucky and also showing a sign of wealth. The second most popular fairing were bears - modeled much in the same fashion as pigs. These were popular because of the Teddy Bear craze going on in America named after Teddy Roosevelt.

There were other fairings made depicting lobsters, dogs, frogs and even devils. These figurines appear to be more rare. Although the themes are similar such as involving the figure with a basket, pin dish or shoe, which were commonly made for the pigs, these figurines in and of themselves are far and few between. I've only seen the dogs in the shoe one time on ebay in all the years I've been searching. Lobsters are equally as rare.

A book available on Amazon.com is called "This little Piggy" and shows many different fairings created. Although the pricing is from 1992 it is still a great reference book.

Here are some interesting links to other types of fairings:

Lobster on a basket. Even though the patina is little worn off it is still rare and displays nicely. 3 3/4" x 3 1/2". $39. Rare.
Lobster on a basket. Even though the patina is little worn off it is still rare and displays nicely. 3 3/4" x 3 1/2". $39. Rare. | Source
This adorable pin dish also includes a frog. It's the only one of its kind that I've seen on ebay.   41/2" x 3". $75. Rare.
This adorable pin dish also includes a frog. It's the only one of its kind that I've seen on ebay. 41/2" x 3". $75. Rare. | Source
Lobster catching a pigs foot pin dish. This figurine is shown in the book "This little piggy" and its '92 value was $75. 5" x 4". Paid $162. Rare,
Lobster catching a pigs foot pin dish. This figurine is shown in the book "This little piggy" and its '92 value was $75. 5" x 4". Paid $162. Rare, | Source
German Shepherd and Dachschund in a shoe.The only one I've seen on ebay of its kind. 7" x 2 1/4". $45. Rare.
German Shepherd and Dachschund in a shoe.The only one I've seen on ebay of its kind. 7" x 2 1/4". $45. Rare. | Source
This bulldog fairing is extremely rare. I've never seen one before and sold on ebay for $57. I actually thought this was a pretty low price considering its rarity. There were some patina issues on the face but it was still a very nice piece.
This bulldog fairing is extremely rare. I've never seen one before and sold on ebay for $57. I actually thought this was a pretty low price considering its rarity. There were some patina issues on the face but it was still a very nice piece. | Source

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