American Stoneware Log Cabin Bank

May 21, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 143

Price Realized: $18,150.00
($16,500 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

May 21, 2005 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare and Important Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Cabin Bank with Raccoon, Dated in Cobalt "1846," attributed to Thomas Haig, Jr., Philadelphia, detailed, molded form of a log cabin with two chimneys, windows, and a door and keg at each end. One of the doors is slightly ajar, forming the bank"s slot. Entire base and areas of cabin are highlighted in cobalt blue. Seated atop the roof is a large, molded raccoon, with incised fur and details to face and paws, heavily-decorated with cobalt dots. Large "1846" date on underside in cobalt. Banks of this type were produced in both stoneware and earthenware by Thomas Haig, Jr., as a reference to the Whig Party. One of a small number of Haig log cabin banks known. One chimney restored. Height 4 1/2". Provenance: Christie"s Sale for The Seamen"s Bank for Savings, March 13, 1991, Lot #153. Ex-Collection Bill Bertoia.