A treacleware (brown glazed earthenware, also known as ‘Rockingham glazed’) moneybox in the form of a man holding a beer jug in both hands. He is sitting on a seat or tree stump of some kind. Large hand-cut coin slot is in his back. This is the rarer version of the Tam O’Shanter figure moneyboxes which lacks the ‘Money taken in here’ inscription which is found on the smaller version.
The base is flat and glazed with patches where the glaze has missed. The body is a pale buff colour.
Scarcity Rating: C.
The final image is to show a comparison with the smaller version of same character.
It is believed that he represents Tam O’Shanter, an unfortunate character immortalised in a Robert Burns poem written in 1790. Tam stays out drinking in the pub with his friend Johnny Souter for too long and makes up a tale of being chased on horseback by witches as an excuse to his wife. The story is also portrayed on a number of moulded jugs which have horse tail handles and witches on broom-sticks.
Graeme Cruickshank, ‘Prestonpans Pottery…’ (2007), p.72-73, attributes the smaller coin bank to the Belfield Pottery, Prestonpans, Scotland. However he does so without providing any conclusive evidence or references. This example may be Scottish.
Examples are shown in HUEBNER.III (p.75 & p.156, pl.279).