Money box, made at Portobello, Edinburgh

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Money box, made at Portobello, Edinburgh

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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Online ID: 000-100-047-934-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.2
Date: 1827
Material: Earthenware, glazed; underglazed, blue floral decoration. Inscription: On base: RP / Portobello / Pottery / 1827
Dimensions: 90 mm H x 90 mm D
What: Pirlie pig
Who: Rathbone's Pottery, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
Description: Pirlie pig of glazed earthenware with blue floral underglaze decoration, the base is incised `RP / Portobello / Pottery / 1827', by Rathbone's Pottery, Portobello, Edinburgh
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