This figural bank in the shape of a shoe was made by
the Sheffield Pottery in Sheffield, Massachusetts. It is
made of white clay that glazed in chocolate brown.
The raised laces down the front are tied in a bow and
the coin slot is hand-cut. The bottom features a cork plug
and a hand-written signature in white slip.
Sheffield Pottery was owned by Joseph and Marie
Cowan, who cleared out their barn in 1946 and began
selling their pottery. Joseph retired in 1982 but the
company is still in business. According to an email
we received from Sheffield Pottery, this bank
probably dates to the 1970’s.
This bank is 5 inches long, 3 inches tall and 2 inches
wide. It’s in excellent condition with a few flaws on
the bottom that were caused during the firing.