Known as a symbol of Texas since approximately the 1870's, the average armadillo is the size of a large cat. They are also very good swimmers and make excellent pets.
This spectacular vintage chalkware bank is approximately the size of a real armadillo and features wonderfully realistic detail.
Chalkware figurines became popular during the Great Depression as they were relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
The pieces are made of gypsum (the very word means "chalk" in Greek) and typically painted with watercolors.
This armadillo has fantastic and realistic colors, and beautifully detailed carving.
His "scales" are dark brown while his head, ears, tail, and armor is deep beige with lots of great shading.
He sits on a base which bears decorative carvings as well as the word "Mexico" in one side and "Lone Star" on the other.
It is likely that the bank was made in Mexico for resale in Texas, the "Lone Star State".
As you can see, there is a slit on the armadillo's back where coins can be inserted and a large hole on the underside of the figurine where they can be retrieved. There is no stopper for the hole.
There is a fair amount of wear to the piece as well as some minor areas of paint-loss, though it remains in good condition overall.
This great vintage bank would certainly make an unexpected and unique gift! He's so sweet (I don't know why it's a "he", but he is), he just needs a home and someone to love him.
Measurements: Length (nose to tail): 13" Width 6", Base measures 9 ¾" long, 4 ¾" wide Weight: 3 lbs., 7 oz.
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