Good day Farmcolliers,
It`s been an interesting couple of days searching for farmcollie info.
I found a bookseller in the U.K. who specializes in old pictures and
engravings. she is going to go thru her extensive inventory looking for
Victorian farmcollie pictures and engraving. Then she will send me a for
sale list which I can post to the list to see if there`s anything you
have been looking for, if you wish.
Yesterday I recieved a little tome I`d purchased caled Bonny Prince:
The Autobiography of a Collie. Authored by Marion Sewell and pub. by A.
Flanagan in 1906 ,it is a real tearjerker. Basically it`s "Black Beauty"
with a collie this time. I`m guessing that Marion Sewell and Anna Sewell
(who wrote Black Beauty around 1898) were related? Comments anyone?.
Bonny Prince is 148 pages and on the third page in is a loveely
photograph of Bonny Prince. The nicest picture of a Victorian farmcollie
I`ve seen in a while. Done in one of those oval frames. Pronounced
stop, rounder eye, tipped ears, bordercollie type coat. The book
mentions that he "was a collie pup with a coat of so dark a brown that
it was commonly spoken of as black. My little brothers and sisters were
just common yellow puppies..." That dark brown is the original meaning
of the word "sable".
The early collie had brown coats of a dark shade that reminded the
owners of the Russian Sable fur in color. Stop by a fur store and ask to
see a sable fur. I was surprised at the depth and richness of the brown
when the fur showed up at the Loehmann`s I once worked at.