Details Originally, Tudor green glazed money boxes of this style would have been used to collect and save money. Their use has resulted in the creation of, at least, two notable phrases now in common use in the English language.
As with the originals this money box is completely sealed, there is no opening that would allow you to easily remove the money stored inside. Therefore, in order to retrieve the cash within you would need to smash the jar. Which is exactly what would have happened on Boxing Day each year if you were an apprentice who had worked hard all year to impress your clients, and earn the odd tip. Thus giving the 26th of December its name.
Simpler designs of these ceramic boxes, without ornamentation, would have been used by theatres to collect money from customers eager to watch the latest play. These boxes would then have been stored in an office which is where it is believed the term ’Box Office’ comes from. Once full the boxes would then have been smashed and it is therefore rare to find in tact originals.
In 1988 and in 2010, Museum of London Archaeology excavated the site of The Rose e theatre, Bankside and discovered many pieces of these pots.
Grogged clay with a green glaze.
Approx. 230 mm tall 130 mm diameter
As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, I try to work in a way that is as close as possible to the methods used by the ancient craftsmen and women who created the original. This pot has been made entirely hand using natural materials and tools that are replicas of those used by the original maker.
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