Agateware moneybox (coin bank), chicken in basket. Belfield Pottery, Prestonpans, Scotland. c.1870-1895. AP/1552.


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A press-moulded agateware moneybox (coin bank) in the form of a chicken in a basket. The agateware is formed from three different coloured clays, white, tan, and brown. Clear glazed including most of the flat base. Hand-cut coin slot along top of chicken’s back.

Cruikshank (“Prestonpan’s Pottery” 2007, p.92-97, fig.147) claims that the Belfield Pottery, Prestonpans, was the only Scottish pottery to produce this particular type of agateware, but cites no evidence for this claim. He illustrates a matching plaster mould for the chicken moneybox and attributes it to Belfield.

Pot ID: AP/1552
Dimensions: 95mm high to top of comb.
Net Weight (grams): 263
Date: c.1870-1895

Condition Report:The tail has been broken off and cleanly re-glued (so that it is hard to see), with some minor chipping along break.

Weight 750 g