[1988 Scarce Manganese Glazed Redware Cat Still Penny Bank by Lester Breininger
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: The bank is ~4 3/4" high and the base is ~2 7/8" by~2". The piece weighs about 8 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: "Breininger Pottery; 1988; PA" incised in block capital letters on the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a rather nice and relatively scarce redware penny bank. A definite beauty deserving of a prominent spot in any redware collection mad bby the master potter, Lester Breininger, himself. Mr. Breininger is a master potter with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage who died in 2011 making hos ware very desirable and highly collectible.
Condition: The piece is in very good condition. It has no cracks, hairlines, chips, or repairs. The piece has no crazing to the glaze but has a small ding or spot where the glaze was lost due to a sharp pointed hit on the back. You can see the spot in the 3rd photo in the lower left corner of the cat's back. The piece also has some of the usual defects that you would expect to find in a primitive piece of pottery such as pops, slubs, uneven areas, some roughness to the surface, and areas where the glaze did not fully flow. The piece has many pops throughout with 3 rather obvious pops in the back near the bottom in the middle (see 3rd photo). These are original to the making giving the piece a special personality and do not affect the quality or beauty of the piece. Be that as it may, the piece is still a very nice and scarce penny bank worthy of a spot in your collection of Breininger redware or pottery penny banks. Please see photos to appreciate its beauty and for additional condition information.
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