Earthenware money box with globular body and wide base
- Object Number: 1955.P.3
- Simple Name: money box
- Production Place: Surrey/London
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: thrown
- Production Period:
- Summary: Earthenware money box with globular body and wide base. Copper-green lead glaze ends short of the base. Features a thin, vertical coins slot. The base of the box has been broken into, presumably to retrieve the contents.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: Money boxes were used by apprentices for collecting tips and bonuses and are the medieval equivalent of a piggy bank. On the day after Christmas the owner would be permitted to smash the box and claim the money, one of the explanations for the term ?Boxing Day?. Because of this destructive tradition, few intact boxes have survived. Fortunately, the owner of this box has patiently retrieved the contents through the base, leaving the majority of the piece intact. The narrow money slot is completely incompatible with modern coinage but would easily accept the much thinner, hammered coins of the era. This is an example of southernhite-ware?. These wares were some of the finest of the medieval period and were produced from light-colours clays in the southern England from the 13th Century. These wares are also known as Tudor green-wares because of the copper staining in the glaze.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery