Small French bulldog paperweight, age and type of metal?

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Elen Beattie, Jun 14, 2024.

  1. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Hello all, happy Friday! I have a few different items to share today from recent auction winnings. This little paperweight is very heavy, is it gilt bronze or more likely iron? No markings on it that I can see. What age do you think it could be? Thanks as always!
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  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Magnet test for iron.
     
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  3. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Ah, never thought of that thanks! It reacts very slightly to the metal but no real pull.
     
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  4. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Hmm...neither fish nor fowl.
     
  5. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Looks like lead?
     
  6. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Oh, never thought of lead yes you could be right- it's very heavy. Thanks!
     
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  7. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Very cool little item that. Looks tactile. I couldn’t find similar online.

    To me your paperweight certainly looks antique (but other more knowledgeable members will know better than me)
     
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  8. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    I couldn't find much online either. I'm thinking now that I look at him again that he is perhaps a British bulldog in a sailor's hat rather than a French bulldog!
     
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  9. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    I did search sailor English bulldog first.
     
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  10. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Please note: Lead has no iron in it, therefore cannot be even slightly magnetic.
     
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  11. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    True.Interesting enough is does react slightly to a magnetic field (in opposite direction) I didn’t know at first.

    “Lead is not a magnetic material in the traditional sense. It is considered diamagnetic, which means that it responds weakly to magnetic fields. When a magnetic field is applied to lead, it creates an extremely weak magnetic field in the opposite direction. This diamagnetic property is a very weak effect compared to the more commonly known ferromagnetic materials like iron, nickel, and cobalt’
     
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  12. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    WOW! I didn't know about that property of lead, nor the term diamagnetic. I'm glad to learn of it, an' sorry to have posted my ignorance publicly.
     
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  13. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    No worries. I also didn’t know these facts/terms till recently.
    Very interesting.
     
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