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Pirlie pig

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possibly made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

Postcard of Pirlie pig.
000-100-104-318-C
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Pirlie pig

A pirlie pig is a money box or piggy bank. This glazed stoneware example was made in the second half of the 19th century, possibly at the Rosslyn Pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. It is in the form of a hen sitting in a basket. Other Scottish potteries made this form of pirlie pig, including Belfields of Prestonpans.

Stoneware penny-bank or pirlie pig with rich brown Rockingham glaze, in the form of a hen sitting in a basket, by Rosslyn Pottery, Kirkcaldy, 1850 - 1900

The town of Kirkcaldy on the north shore of the Firth of Forth was one of the major centres of Scottish pottery production. In the second half of the 19th century it had four separate factories.


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Online ID: 000-100-104-318-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1953.154
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Stoneware
Dimensions: 4.00" L
What: Penny-bank / pirlie pig
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Who: Rosslyn Pottery, Kirkcaldy, Fife (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
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