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1844 Edge of Strelly Sale
The "Edge Strain"

"One of the characteristics of the Edge strain was that all the progeny were liver, white and ticked, many of them being endowed with golden or bronze shading on the cheeks. The liver was a very deep brown, and the flecks in the white were sharp. Lemon and whites and black and whites were entirely unknown among the direct descendents of the Edge blood." -- Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer

"Mr. Edge had his breed about forty-two years, and those who held to the breed as contemporaries with him and after his death in 1843, got stock in their kennels that very much resembled the original Spanish pointer." -- The Kennel Gazette (EKC), March 1885

The Edge Sale - Arkwright, 1906

"On October 1st, 1844, there was another epoch-making sale at the death of Mr. Thomas Webb Edge (b. 1788) of Strelley Hall near Nottingham, the pointers being of nearly identical blood with the Hopton breed. Mr. Edge was closely connected with Mr. Gell, was cousin to Mr. Hurt of Alderwasley, Derbyshire, and uncle to Mr. James Holden of Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, and to Mr. George Moore of Appleby, Leicestershire. All of these were pointer-lovers, whose dogs figure largely in many pedigrees. Mr. Moore bought several pointers at his uncle's sale, and at Appleby the prestige of the race was maintained well into the show-period. Among other purchases was the fourth Duke of Portland, who at the advice of his sons, Lords Henry and George Bentinck, refreshed his kennel by the acquisition of the famous five-year-old stud-dog "Rake", and two brace of puppies. With these Lord Henry achieved remarkable results, culminating perhaps in "Mr. Price's Belle", a great trial-winner about 1872. Mr. T. Statter also established a valuable kennel with his selecitons from the nineteen pointers offered." -- Arkwright, 1906

The Edge Sale - Hochwalt, 1923

"Thomas Webb Edge died in 1844 and on October 1, of that year, his dogs were sold at public auction. The sale was a means of distributing a line of well established pointer blood among a number of well known breeders of that period. Those who purchased largely at this sale were Phillip Gell, of Hopton Hall, whose pointers were known as the 'Hopton breed.' Mr. Hurst, of Alderwasley, Derbyshire, a cousin of Mr. Edge, was another purchaser, and a nephew, James Holdon, of Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, another. George Moore, of Appleby, Leicestershire, another nephew, also bought copiously to refresh his won blood lines, and with this new infusion the prestige of the Appleby pointers weas maintained until well into the show period. Among other purchasers at the Edge sale was the fourth Duke of Portland, who, by the advice of his sons, Lords Henry and George Bentinck, bought the five-year-old "Rake" and two braces of puppies. Remarkable results were achieved by crossing this Edge blood with that already in the the Duke of Portland's Kennel, the culmination coming with the priduction of "Price's Belle", a great field trial winner in the year 1872. Thomas Statter also established a good kennel with the Edge blood as his foundation. Even to this day we hear of old pointer breeders who boast that they have dogs which trace back to the 'famous old Edge blood', and not so many years ago it was nothing uncommon to hear them speak of dogs that were pure 'Drake-Seftons', meaning, of course, that their dogs were descended from combinations of "Champion Bang", "Drake", and dogs from the kennels of Lord Sefton and Mr. Edge. After this lapse of time we have lost sight of these fountain heads, but nevertheless it is interesting to know something about those dogs which have so much to do with the evolution of our present-day pointer." -- Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer

The Edge Sale - The Kennel Gazette, 1880

"... It is quite certain, however, that in 1843, at the sale of the kennel after Mr. Edge's death, great efforts were made by numerous sportsmen to obtain the sort, as the prices for some thirty lots ranged very high, even in those days, and since than a great object on the part of the pointer breeder has been to get in as much Edge blood as possible. The list of purchasers, as some day we shall be able to show, was a good deal confined to the locality of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, although there were friends of Mr. Edge's, notably the late Mr. Moore, of Appleby, and the Rev. Mr. Holden, who had both bred from the Strelly kennels, as had also Lord Derby and Lord Sefton; but it is to be noted that so far as shows and field trials were concerned, the most noted winners of the strain have sprung from sources at no great distance from the veritable Edge kennels." -- The Kennel Gazette (EKC), November 1880, "The Edge Strain of Pointers"

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