Antique Staffordshire Pottery Spaniel Dogs Head Money Box with Gilt Collar (Code 1438)
A 19th century Staffordshire pottery money box in the form of a spaniel head. It is of course related to the full sized dogs which were very popular as mantle decorations etc. The head has a slot at the top for coins but no opening to remove them and as such has to be smashed to open it. This says something about the ubiquity and relative cost of these items - mass production was a reality by this period (1870's) and these items were affordable by not just the middle class and cheap enough to be smashed after use. This has also lead to few surviving as they had to be destroyed if you wanted your money when filled. This example is in black and white with gilt and pink details. There is a mark to the base which is likely that of a workman. Various designs were made by many different factories and it makes an interesting field to collect.
Obvious darkened crazing all over. Wear and losses to the paint and glaze. Slot rather roughly cut (from production) but great charm.
Height: 11.6 cm ( 4 5/8 inch )
Width: 12.3 cm ( 4 7/8 inch )
Weight: 314 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1438 OC18-4
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