The tag of the King's favourite dog to sell at Cheffins

Your chance to bid on the tag that belonged to King Edward VII's beloved dog

Much has been written about the relationship between people and their dogs - not least that our canine companions are meant to be man's best friend. As if to prove it, at the foot of King Edward VII’s tomb at Windsor Castle, you'll find a curled-up stone figure of a small, Wire-haired Fox Terrier. Known as Caesar, Edward VII’s dog was his constant companion and even walked in his 1910 funeral procession ahead of several kings and heads of state.

The subject of paintings, sculptures, and even a handcrafted House of Faberge stone model for the King's wife Queen Alexandra, Caesar was an important member of the royal household. A loyal companion to the King, Caesar even slept on a chair beside Edward VII's bed and had a footman assigned to his canine needs.  

It wasn’t until the King died in 1910 that Caesar won the adoration of the nation too. In a famous photograph, Caesar (who was reportedly heartbroken and endlessly pining for his owner), was shown walking solemnly behind the King’s coffin during the funeral procession. Spurred by Caesar's sudden national popularity, the German brand Steiff began producing stuffed toy models of the dog for general sale.

A feisty little terrier, Caesar was adored by both the royal household and the British population – and always wore a fitted gold collar with a tag inscribed with 'I am Caesar. I belong to the King'. He lived his remaining years in the care of Queen Alexandra but did not last much longer than his beloved owner, and died himself in 1914.

The famous tag goes up for auction in Cheffins' Fine Art sale on 15th–16th June. Following Caesar's role in King Edward’s funeral, it is a piece that is set to attract a lot of attention. The tag comes from a direct descendant of Millie Copeland who served for many years on the royal estate. Be ready to place your bids on a top dog lot.

Cheffins Fine Art Sale, 15th-16th June. Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7EA. 01223 213343; cheffins.co.uk

All images: Cheffins Fine Art 

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