This is an interesting antique coin bank or money box - it dates to the middle / end of the 19th century.
The bank is made of ceramic / earthenware - and was made in one of the Staffordshire potteries.
It takes the form of a little fireside spaniel or "Wally Dug".
Originally - you would have had two full-size spaniel dogs on each side of your mantlepiece - and these were very popular with the Victorians.
This is a quirky play on these models.
These lovely little Victorian money boxes were crudely made, cheaply mass-produced items and most have irregularities, knocks and smudges in the clay and glaze because of the speed of manufacture and so examples vary in quality quite considerably. This one seems to be of better quality - with finer modelling to his features and more definition to his fur.
The little spaniel dog banks are much more difficult to find.
This wee fellow displays well - and is in a fairly good condition commensurate with age and use. Some very minor fritting to the coin slot, as photographed.
He is made of white clay that has been coloured in a rich shiny treacle colour Rockingham glaze (you are looking at an original antique example and not a modern reproduction!). T
The slot to put the money in is on the back of his head.
No damages or nasty chips etc. He remains a rarer item and looks good on display.
Dimensions: about 4 1/2 inches wide. Height: 3 3/4 inches and depth is 3 inches at the widest point.
This sweet wee fellow is listed at a fair price for a quirky antique savings bank.
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