Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank

With her iron grey sausage curls and prim muslin cap, this scowling woman looks like a character straight from the pages of Charles Dickens. You can imagine her berating a hapless husband, or boxing the ears of Pip, Oliver, or David Copperfield!

Highly collectible and utterly charming, these little china banks haven't survived in huge numbers--most were probably smashed to extract the coins. Cats, bulldogs and spaniels are some of the other heads found, as well as an old gentleman in a tricorn hat who could be a mate for this stern lady. She dates from the mid-19th century, and was perhaps originally a New Year's gift for a child, or a prize given for high marks or good behavior.

Dimensions: 2 1/8" tall, 2" wide, diameter of base 1 1/2".

Marks: None

Condition: There are several small flakes around the base, visible in photos. Some overall crazing and a couple of very tight hairlines extending from the coin slot towards the back (visible on photos 5 & 6). Paint is in excellent condition with no discernable wear.

Item ID: RL-13-147

Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank

Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank

With her iron grey sausage curls and prim muslin cap, this scowling woman looks like a character straight from the pages of Charles Dickens. You can imagine her berating a hapless husband, or boxing the ears of Pip, Oliver, or David Copperfield!

Highly collectible and utterly charming, these little china banks haven't survived in huge numbers--most were probably smashed to extract the coins. Cats, bulldogs and spaniels are some of the other heads found, as well as an old gentleman in a tricorn hat who could be a mate for this stern lady. She dates from the mid-19th century, and was perhaps originally a New Year's gift for a child, or a prize given for high marks or good behavior.

Dimensions: 2 1/8" tall, 2" wide, diameter of base 1 1/2".

Marks: None

Condition: There are several small flakes around the base, visible in photos. Some overall crazing and a couple of very tight hairlines extending from the coin slot towards the back (visible on photos 5 & 6). Paint is in excellent condition with no discernable wear.

Item ID: RL-13-147

$125 USD

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