Yellow Ware Piggy Bank with Rockingham Glaze
Many banks, especially figural ones, were not production items but were made especially as gifts for children, usually by special order or at particular times of the year, like Christmas. Coin banks took the shape of familiar objects houses, birds, beehives, jugs, and in this case a pig. It seems a shame that the bank had to be smashed to free the slowly acquired contents. In the early days few coins came a child's way, for money was scarce so a bank was the perfect place to store those precious copper pennies.
This little Piggy Bank, c. 1880's is Rockingham Glazed on a Yellow Ware body, 6" long There are four penny sized circles on the back of the Piggy. Condition is excellent. No apologies here. Also, note the little Piggy is sitting, not standing on all fours as most are. A bit of whimsy here, for sure. A rare survivor . . . No wonder he has that smug look on his face!
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