OBJECT HISTORY: COLLARS
The Ancient Egyptians were renowned for their admiration of cats, but although not as elevated of a household animal, dogs were seen as handy protectors and hunting companions, often sporting decorative collars.
Often dogs that accompanied hunting parties in medieval times worn utilitarian and functional collars. Interestingly, dogs with shepherding duties sometimes even had spikes edging the collars as protection against their larger and wild wolf cousins. At the other end of the spectrum, dogs fortunate enough to be the loved pets of royalty often received exquisite and bejewelled collars. Cher Ami, the favourite greyhound of King Louis XI, was bestowed a gold collar studded with rubies!