Adorable Pennsylvania chalkware cat coin bank, circa 19th Century.
Cats are always desirable in Pennsylvania chalkware, but this is the only one I've seen that is in the form of a coin bank.
Made in a two part mold, as is usual with early chalkware. The painting is very folky. Instead of whiskers, the cat has a mustache ... and pretty scary eyebrows as well. The eyes and the insides of the ears are yellow/tan and the mouth is a pink/red. The ears are outlined in black, and black is used for the eyebrows, "whiskers" and toes.
The condition is very good. There is what appears to be a glue stain from an old price sticker on one side, and below that there are two holes on the haunches that look like they may have occurred in the making. The base also has glue remains of an old sticker.
Just over 6 1/2" tall.
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