Ceramic money boxes have a long history and are related to the customs of 'Boxing Day' when they were given to apprentices by their employers and customers. In examples such as this, there was no way of retrieving the money and apparently the custom was to smash them on Boxing Day (thus having a smashing time!). It is thought this practice is probably the pre-cursor of the Christmas bonus. This treacle glazed box is in the form of a chest of drawers with a slot on top for coins. Its construction is somewhat naïve and one little foot is shorter than the others so it sits unevenly. In its day this was probably not a concern as its life expectancy was anticipated to be short! Not many of these charming examples have survived so this would be a great addition to a collection of still banks. Height 3.1 ins (7.9cm) x width 3 ins (7.6cm) x depth 2.1 ins (5.3cm). Weight 250 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 227.