An unusual piece of English Scroddleware: a money bank in the form of an Empire Dresser (the money slot is in the back). The molded dresser has wonderful color and reeded columns, drawers with knobs and paw feet in the front. It is 6 ¾” wide, 3 ¼” deep and 6 ½” high. The drawers to not open, and I believe the only way to get the money out is to show extreme patience or to literally “break the bank.” (The bank is empty, so no hopes of 19th century gold coins!). Very fine condition: strong swirl pattern, high gloss glaze and nice molded features. Some light chipping or rubbing on the feet and one or 2 of the knobs may be replacements, but there are no cracks, breaks or restorations.
Scroddleware involves taking multi-colored clays and molding them into a single unit; most of the time, they are found in earth tones, as seen in this bank. The piece dates c. 1840.