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Scottish pottery banks were popular in Victorian times. Children were given these banks as a way of encouraging them to learn the value of money and to save it. The fact that you can’t open them until you fill them and then break them was the reason that manufacturers produced them in the thousands and at extremely reasonable prices.
The Scottish potteries also produced in the mid- to late-19th century treacle glaze storage jars for the kitchen and pantry. Of all the banks, the heads of the King Charles spaniel proved one of the most popular owing to Queen Victoria’s pet, Dash.
Although many banks were produced, it is still difficult to find a good pair in good condition. Though this pair contain no money, they also have no cracks or chips as there usually would be a lot of frits where the coins were inserted. These are wonderful examples of these utilitarian pottery objects. The heavy treacle glaze gives them an artistic, if more folksy, appearance.
Both banks are both in superb condition.
They each measure about 3-1/4 inches high by 4 inches wide.
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Pair of Victorian 19th Century Scottish Treacle Glaze Pottery Banks in the Form of King Charles Spaniels
$255 $135 USD SALE PENDING
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