19th Century Ceramic Redware Fruit Bank
Pear Figural Still Bank Money Box
This is an American made red ware or earthenware pottery figural still bank in the shape of a pear, with a greenish yellow glaze and a red blush on the side. It comes with its very own coin which can be heard when you shake the bank.
Figural coin banks were enormously popular gifts for children during the 19th Century, being used to encourage thrift. They were made in every imaginable shape, and fruit banks were especially lifelike and appealing. This bank has the form of a large ripe Bartlett pear with a stem. The bank measures 3 1/2" high and 3 1/2" across its widest point. It is not marked.
This bank is in great condition with no chips or repairs. There is wear to the glaze and kiln kiss and some factory glaze pops. The coin slot has gentle use wear to the opening (you can imagine a kid trying to pry a coin out of it). The pear is well modeled but otherwise the workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect these naïve ceramic banks...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and certainly considered disposable. It has bumps and wrinkles and glazed over grit and smudges all original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the quirky charm of a childhood penny bank made more than 100 years ago. Offered as is. Guaranteed authentic, this bank crosses over several areas of collecting and will make a welcome addition for the collector of penny banks, yellow ware, children's toys, Americana , AAFA, English ceramics and ceramic figural fruit.