North Devon slipware country pottery money box, early to mid-19th century England.

A splendid and charming symbolic ‘mother hen and chickens’ money box, made for a child, decorated in the ‘Sgraffito’ style. This meant when the throwing of the pot and modelling was completed, the box was dipped completely in a contrasting liquid white slip and set aside to dry. When stiffened, the leaf and tendril patterns were rapidly and confidently drawn into the slip and then scratched away, exposing areas of the red clay underneath. Many of these wonderful money boxes were made and lost as the eager young recipients would eventually smash the piece in order to recover the pennies saved. Most probably made by the Fishleys of Fremington.

A rare and important survivor, a work of folk art.


Circa 1825-1850.


7.5’’h x 5’’w   approx. O/A

19cm h x 12.7cm w


Professional restoration to small chickens heads, also typical firing imperfections and minor surface wear commensurate with age.




Reference – Peter Brears – The Collectors Book of English Country Pottery

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