By Laura Dale
You’d have to be barking mad to miss out on this quirky museum – which boasts the biggest collection of dog collars in the world.
The unique collection of historic and fascinating dog collars has been built up over the years and can be found tucked away in Leeds Castle, Kent,
The fascinating collection of canine neckwear, is now the largest of its kind on public display anywhere in the world and spans five centuries.
It boasts more than 130 rare and valuable collars – including 30 collars which were discovered in storage and have never been on public display before.
The earliest in the collection dates back to the late 15th century and is a Spanish iron herd mastiff’s collar, which would have been worn for protection against wolves and bears roaming Europe at the time.
Other collars range from sixteenth-century German iron collars with fearsome spikes and ornate gilt collars of the Baroque period, through to finely-chased nineteenth century silver collars and twentieth century examples fashioned from tyres, beads and plastic.
The original part of the collection was a donation from Mrs Gertrude Hunt who gave it to the Leeds Castle Foundation after her husband’s death.
The 60-strong hoard has since been added to with donations and purchases and is open to the general public during the castle opening hours.