By Lady Fi
As a dachshund-obsessed person I not infrequently find myself trawling eBay, Etsy and and Ruby Lane for dachshund collectibles. And I have amassed quite a collection. I don’t buy new things; always old.
A huge part of the attraction is the story each and every item tells us about the dachshund. It reveals the dachshund in society, with distinct popularity surges of the breed appearing in 1880s-1920s; 1950s-70s. It also reveals the social unpopularity of the breed, around the two world wars most noticeably (very distressing). But perhaps best of all for me, as a breeder, it reveals the evolution of the breed. From 300 years ago to modern times.
My oldest items are from the early 1800s (possibly late 1700s) and what an interesting beast the dachshund was then. From there I track their evolution through the decades of selective breeding. Fortunately there is no shortage of collectibles thanks to the dachshund’s shape and character: the breed lends itself to a plethora of facsimiles, from bookends, lighters and salt and pepper shakers to inkwells, decanters, ashtrays and piggy banks. The range is virtually endless!
When I am in binge search-mode I even check for typo listings, such as ‘dashound’. Fun too is opening eBay in different countries. Language barriers bother me not (thank you, Google translator) and thanks to my unblemished 100% eBay ranking (since 2005) and a fair bit of genuine passion, I am usually lucky enough to have the eBayer in the foreign land agree to sell to me in the land of Oz. (These are listings that do not appear outside the home-country’s site as the seller has not elected to ‘send worldwide‘.)
Snaring a rare gem
A few years ago I spotted a rare-oh-so-rare pair of ancient cast iron dachshund bookends in a US listing that was not selling internationally. They were sourced from an estate auction in the south. I was foiled in my bid to get them, because although I could ‘Buy Now‘ it would get me at the payment end saying ‘This seller does not ship internationally‘ or similar.
So close – yet so far! This could not be! In a rare flash of smarts, I Googled Walmart in the USA. I found one of their addresses in LA or somewhere and hopped into my Paypal and changed my mailing address to Walmart’s. Presto! I bought them! Quick as lightening, I hopped back into Paypal and changed back to my true address. But the deal was sealed; well, kind of…I had to plead my case to the seller, who thankfully was most compassionate. (The postage price of these heavy beasts was interesting.)
A big collection
As you can imagine, 10 years plus of searching has amassed quite a wonderful eclectic collection. I just need the space to display them properly. Maybe a dedicated building?
I will soon start working on recording my collection in a digital library. (That’s after I have the live streaming happening; the current Lady Fi priority).
Presented here are some of the pictorial images I have collected. Mostly the images speak for themselves, hence no captions by me. It might be fun to guess the era they are from. Nothing much before 1850s. As you browse through, look for telltale signs of such things as social acceptance, the nature and character of the dachshund, politics/propaganda and probably much more.
Hope you enjoy them. I have another collection of dachshunds in advertising literature which I will post in a separate article. Mostly these are from magazines from the 1950s and 60s and are superb at many levels. Here we have dachshunds selling everything from Mercedes Benz cars to cigarettes and electric fridges. Good fun.
But for now I hope you enjoy the pictorial slice of dachshund history presented below.