This intricate, wheel-thrown stoneware money bank is attributed to Baltimore potter Henry Remmey based on the similarity between his pieces and the cobalt blue slip decorations and clay color of this piece. The base of the bank is wonderfully flared and bulbous before rising to lobed, stepped levels that end at a fine, peaked knob. The knob, as well as the edges of the lobes, are carved and incised. Cobalt blue slip decorates the edges of the lobes as well. The date, “March 8 1828” and the initials “HS” are inscribed around the widest part of the base, and filled with cobalt blue slip. Neither the date nor the initials have been identified with a particular event or person.
MAKER: Henry Remmey (1770-1865) descended from a famous New York line of potters. He moved to Baltimore in 1812 and began work at the Baltimore Stoneware Manufactory, owned and operated by the Myers family of Baltimore; they were also china merchants. The wares made in Baltimore by Remmey between 1812 and 1821 closely resemble those made in New York, with several similar features, including high-neck collars, ovoid shapes, loop handles, and cobalt blue decorations.
Zipp, Luke. “Henry Remmey & Sons, Late of New York: A Rediscovery of a Master Potter’s Lost Years.” CERAMICS IN AMERICA (2004) 143-156.