Antique English agateware lollipop money bank. An unusual and rare agateware money box patterned in the shape of a lollipop. There is a different marbleized design on each side. The opening for the coins is on the top. Unmarked. Circa 1860.
Height: 7″ (17.8 cm)
Diameter at base: 3 1/4″ (8.3 cm)
Pea sized chip on the base only visible when turned over.
Earthenware made with a mixture of clays, either naturally coloured or stained with different colours, which resembles the striped gemstone, agateware, in appearance. Unlike surface marbling with coloured stripes, agateware has striations throughout the body. In England, agateware was known in Roman times and revived in Staffordshire by the mid-19th century. The ware was normally shaped in moulds until the late 19th century, when more plastic clay mixtures allowed wheel throwing. The colours blended on the surface, but were scraped after throwing to expose the variations in body colour before polishing and glazing.
*Cameron, Elizabeth (1986) Encyclopedia of Pottery and Porcelain 1800-1960. New York, NY, Oxford, England: Cameron Books
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