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. The boxes were smashed to retrieve the money! Examples such as this are too pretty to smash, and make a lovely ornament. This piece is formed as a decorative cottage (“Kent House”). In the front there are steps and a path flanked by garden. The path passes to a framed doorway with double windows on each side and a small set of dormer windows in the roof. The roof has double gables and two chimneys. The edges of the roof have an apparent floral border. The flat back is plain and at the top there is a slot through which money could have been passed. On the base is a mark of a capital A. The condition of the piece is very good for age. These Staffordshire buildings are a most attractive and desirable item to collect and display. Maximum width 4.25 ins (10.7cm), maximum height 4.5 ins (11.4cm). Weight 322 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside & Out” on page 227.