Vintage Lefton China Hobnail Piggy Bank

This little piggy went to market. Well, most of the piggy banks in the "olden days" did. Back when I was a kid (ouch) piggy banks did not have plugs underneath to empty the coins. So the only way to get the money out was to smash the piggy bank. And then there was none. I am sure the banks had their fill of ceramic pieces every time a little kid brought their piggy bank in to deposit the funds in their savings account.

The only other recourse was to be an expert with a bread and butter knife and slide the coins out the top slot. I did this this more than once and it took forever. I didn't want to part with my piggy banks back then.

Because of this, many piggy banks did not survive to the present day and there really is a shortage of them. There are so many different designs that we will never see.

This Lefton China piggy bank is somewhere from the 40's or 50's era. I have not been able to pin down its time frame. It measures appx 6" long, 4" wide, and 4" tall. Pale pink in color with the hobnail pattern, he has small roses for eyes, and two large roses with leaves on his back on either side of the slot. One leaf was broken and was glued a long time ago. The stem on one leaf is missing. See picture.

I cannot find any chips, the rose petals are wavy and irregular, but it does not look like they are missing. There are some red spots in the porcelain here and there. I am not sure if it was in the pink coloring of the porcelain mix as they do not wash off.

There is crazing all through the pig. It will show on the photos.

This little piggy is a piece of history in the line of piggy banks. If you are a piggy bank collector, this little piggy needs to stay in your home.

Item ID: RL 022313-1

$50 USD

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