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. There is a clay pipe tucked into the band of his hat. The large hand-cut coin slot is in his back just above the words ‘MONEY TAKEN IN HERE’ which are moulded but look impressed.
The base is flat and partially glazed where the glaze has run. The body is a pale buff colour.
Scarcity Rating: B - C.
The final image is to show a comparison with another 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 this coin bank to the Belfield Pottery, Prestonpans, Scotland. However he does so without providing any conclusive evidence or references.
An example is shown in STODDARD (p.61, pl.212). HUEBNER.III also shows examples (p.75 & p.156, pl.279).