Manufactured on the Surrey-Hampshire border and glazed in an attractive mustard hue, these were turned on a wheel and pin-pricked to let the air escaped as they dried. Then the coin slot was cut with a knife and they were dipped into glaze before firing. . . . these moneyboxes were sometimes used in theatres to collect coins as the audience entered and then stored in a box until they were full, in a room that became known as the Box Office. Similar moneyboxes were found at the Rose Theatre site and these discovered in Shoreditch may be connected to the Theatre or the Curtain Theatre nearby.The pitcher is also Borderware, the candlestick probably made in London.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Ceramics from East London, 16th and 17th Centuries
posted these pictures. The collection above includes two sixteenth-century "money boxes":