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Money box, made at Portobello, Edinburgh

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Money box, made at Portobello, Edinburgh
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This earthenware money box, also known as a pirlie-pig, was made in 1827 by Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Edinburgh.

The money box has blue floral decoration. The base is scratch marked under the glaze 'RP Portobello Pottery / 1827'.

Good supplies of coal and clay and easy transport by sea meant that the south side of the Firth of Forth was an ideal location for potteries to develop. Small-scale works existed there from the 17th century and larger factories developed from around 1750.

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