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Staffordshire Figural Penny Bank
With her iron grey sausage curls and prim muslin cap, this scowling woman looks like a character straight from the pages of Charles Dickens. You can imagine her berating a hapless husband, or boxing the ears of Pip, Oliver, or David Copperfield!
Highly collectible and utterly charming, these little china banks haven't survived in huge numbers--most were probably smashed to extract the coins. Cats, bulldogs and spaniels are some of the other heads found, as well as an old gentleman in a tricorn hat who could be a mate for this stern lady. She dates from the mid-19th century, and was perhaps originally a New Year's gift for a child, or a prize given for high marks or good behavior.
Dimensions: 2 1/8" tall, 2" wide, diameter of base 1 1/2".
Condition: There are several small flakes around the base, visible in photos. Some overall crazing and a couple of very tight hairlines extending from the coin slot towards the back (visible on photos 5 & 6). Paint is in excellent condition with no discernable wear.
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