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Beehive-shaped bank

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A small, beehive shaped bank with stud finial and incised inscription around body; damaged around coin slot when money was removed.


Inscribed in cobalt blue script around body of object: "Richard Willimas / Mind and Save your Silver Money so that you can be a Man / Be comming / New London, Jun 9th 1798"


early history unknown; possibly owned by a member of the Williams family of New London County, Connecticut; Christie's, Fine American Furniture . . ., (December 12, 1980), lot 428; purchased by MFA from The Stradlings, 1225 Park Avenue, New York 10018, in 1981.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund


Object Place

New London County, Connecticut


11.43 x 10.16 x 10.16 cm (4 1/2 x 4 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt-blue inscription




Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware