This 1850s daguerreotype features a perky dog (with a hand-colored collar) balanced obediently on a tassel trimmed table. [Digital image: Daguerreotype, hand-colored. American, c.1854. Courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.]
Victorian craft for a dog collar is from an 1872 Harper's
Bazaar magazine. The collar consists of a strip of blue
cashmere sixteen inches long and an inch and a quarter wide,
which is ornamented, as shown by the illustration, with
application figures of red cloth and with button-hole and
herringbone stitching of red saddler's silk.
The appliqué figures are set on with point Russe
stitching of red silk and knots of blue silk.
This strip is lined with red enameled cloth, and
trimmed on one side with a box-pleated muffle of
red worsted braid seven-eighths of an inch wide,
which is set between the material and lining.
A button covered with blue cashmere and
ornamented with an appliqué figure, and two
loops of red worsted cord, close the collar.
These loops at the same time cover the seam made
by setting on two pieces of blue worsted cord
each four inches long, and which are trimmed
with clipped red worsted balls and small bells.
In the middle of the collar is an oval brass
ring covered with blue silk, and on this ring is
fastened the ribbon designed for the line with a
button and button-hole.
The line or leash consists of a strip of blue
cashmere seven-eighths of an inch wide, which is
ornamented with point Russe embroidery of red
silk and a piece of red satin ribbon an inch and
a quarter wide, which is stitched on the