A Victorian money box or still bank figured as a Post Office mailing box. I remember my delight, as a very small child, when I was held up to the mouth of one of her Majesties Pillar Box Red letter boxes and allowed to push an envelope into the belly of the beast. And indeed, most English children learnt their perception of what "red" was by contemplating the color of a Pillar Box. So it's a natural progression to encourage small children to save by pushing a coin into their own wee pillar box.
I love this little box. Again, its the sort of item you just don't see in Antique shops for sale any more. This type of whimsy was snatched up a long time ago and passed down in families.
It is approx. 4.5 inches tall, 2.5 inches in diameter with a lipped base of approx. 3.5 inches in diameter. Made of brass with a copper plate proclaiming it to be a bank. Small sliding trap at the bottom to retrieve the money. Its covered in dents! This is not an item that has led an easy life; generations of children have shaken this, banged it around and probably dropped it a time or two in order to get the money, but still it prevails! Circa about 1870, well loved, special!
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