The brown ears and glass eyes of this dog are characteristic of the earliest dogs made. This particular Nipper stood in the window of the O.K. Houck Piano Co. in Memphis. When "Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy was in good favor with Houck, Handy's music would be placed in the window. When Houck was angry with Handy, this dog would be seen instead of the music!
Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum
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Victor Talking Machine Company, "Nipper" (1887). Instrument Collection. 47.