Brown salt-glazed stoneware moneybox (coin bank), hand-modelled as a wooden trapezoidal form lidded box. The slab-built moneybox has modelled crabstock type surfaces. The box has a modelled ‘metal’ latch. The base is flat and fully glazed and has inscribed initials and name that may read as “H S Ewenton” (or similar). There are a further pair of inscribed initials “E N” on top on the side of a ‘log’. Curiously it has two hand-cut coin slots, one on top and one underneaf in the base. The clay body is a light grey buff with an iron oxide wash on the surface to create a brown coloured salt glaze.
There are no matches or even anything similar in the moneybox books by Stoddard or Huebner, and I cannot find any other published matches. This is a one-off hand-made item with a glaze that doesn’t seem quite right for English salt-glazed wares (though I may be wrong). It may be Scottish or even possibly French in origin. Rated as ‘F’.
Pot ID: AP/1225
Dimensions: 106 mm highest.
Net Weight (grams): 1371
The ‘eye’ of the latch is chipped off, also part of left ‘hinge’. Small chips on both coin slots, plus front lower left edge, plus back left and right upper edges. Tiny very short hairlines at each end of base coin slot. Various other very minor chips to modelling and edges here and there.