From the look on its grumpy face, this little piggy may be having a hard day - there it sits on its right hip, looking a bit grouchy, perhaps because there aren't any coins inside? It's all original, a bit unusual, and just waiting to join an antique still bank collection. It is what used to be called a penny bank.
SIZE is approximately 4 inches long, and 2-1/2 inches tall. It weighs a full 14 ounces -- just under 1 pound!
CONDITION - All original with NO cracks, splits, breaks or repairs. The casting is excellent quality - both halves fit together well, with no obvious filing marks. The original paint is old, white, glossy enamel that has darkened and slightly yellowed from age. Some oxidation shows brownish around the chipping. The pig is realistically colored with black airbrushed spotting, similar to the spotted hogs that were plentiful when this was made. The paint is in very good condition with some overall small chipping and flaking. Where it shows through, the iron surface has taken on a rich, appealing patina. NOTE - there are old felt pads glued on the bottom of the feet - we left these as found.
IMPORTANT - this has been opened. We found marks on the screw (which is actually a bolt and it is obviously original, with the same old paint) but they aren't conspicuous and don't show unless you tilt the pig in the light and look for them. Since a prior owner had already done it, we opened the bank, but didn't find any maker marks, so Piggy remains anonymous. There is only very light surface rust inside (not damaging anything), just like most other cast iron pieces of this vintage.
Older piggy banks like this are increasingly hard to find. This is a lovely crossover through several collecting areas !
NOTE: If you use this, we would suggest to not insert thick coins, unless you don't mind opening the bank to remove them. It will take a little practice but you can remove coins by inserting a thin knife blade into the slot and jiggling the bank to coax the coins to slide out down the knife blade.
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