Here is a terrific turn-of-the-century piggy bank. It is cast iron, with both sides marked DECKER'S IOWANA .
Our adorable early 1900s piggy bank has DECKER'S IOWANA molded strongly into each of its fat sides! This bank is listed as M#603 in the Penny Bank book by Moore, illustrating early American still banks. Apparently, its original purpose was advertising for the Decker's Iowana Company of Mason City, Iowa, which is famous especially among glass canning jar collectors. Some Decker's fruit jars dated 1908 are highly sought after.
The company likely chose a pig to advertise its name to suggest how much a family could save by canning their own fruits and vegetables (using Decker jars and other equipment, of course!) What better way to make sure the family would remember their name than a permanent, useful bank !
SIZE: Approximately 4-1/2 inches long and 2-1/2 inches tall. Piggy weighs just over 10 ounces.
CONDITION: All original with NO cracks, chips, splits, breaks or repairs. The original gold color (likely brass) wash finish is mostly present with some loss, BUT the smooth cast iron peeping through has a wonderful, rich color and lovely patina - adding character!! The original screw is present and looks like it has never been opened. There is very old, hard to see felt someone glued to the bottoms of his feet, which you can remove if you want.
The original casting is extremely detailed and clean with NO scruffy or ragged file marks. Both halves fit tightly together.
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