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. Here is a mid-19th century Staffordshire money box in the form of a charming apricot and white coloured cottage. The cottage itself has one gable and one dormer window and two chimneys. At the front there appear to be two entrances – the smaller path and door going to a single story section and the larger door for the double-storey component. There are four differently shaped windows. In the front and on the roof there are areas of green decoration, presumably plant material. The flat back is plain and at the top there is a wide opening through which money could be passed. The base of the piece is plain apart from an applied sticker for The British Antique Dealers Association. The condition of the piece is very good for age with just some minimal possible rubbing of some of the colour. This would make a lovely addition as a display item or part of a grouping of similar interesting Staffordshire pieces. Maximum width 4 ins (10.1cm) , maximum height 5 ins (12.6cm). Weight 250 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside & Out” on page 227.