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Lead-glazed redware moneybox (bank). Cottage with tiled roof. c.1860-1890.


Lead-glazed red-bodied earthenware moneybox (bank). Brick or stone built crofter cottage with tiled roof. Probably Scottish. c.1860-1890.

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An earthenware moneybox (or bank) in the form of a small house or cottage. Brick walls (or possibly stone) and tiled roof with front door and two windows (each with four panels). Two simple chimneys. Hand-cut coin slot across back of roof. Fully glazed flat base with 3 trivit point kiln furniture scars. The body colour shows as pale red where it is chipped. Covered with a slightly iron stained clear lead glaze that looks similar to treacleware but the colour is derived from the clay body rather than the glaze.

Matching examples are found in Huebner (100 Years of Ceramic Money Banks 1850-1940, Vol.3, p.110, pl.83) and Stoddard (Ceramic Coin Banks Identification and Value Guide, p.155, pl.752). However they give conflicting information, Stoddard states it was made in the USA whilst Huebner thinks either England or Scotland. Rarity rating B-C.

I believe this is a Scottish moneybox.

Pot ID: AP/744
Dimensions: 84mm highest to top of chimney.
Net Weight (grams): 249

Condition Report:
Minor chipping around coin slot. Tiny chip on one chimney (right). There is a small internal crescent shape bruise hairline in base with several associated small chips. A small glazed over burst glaze bubble from firing on back wall.

Weight 750 g