This is an intriguing still bank as it has been constructed in the form of an upright piano. On the top is a slot edged with a metal plaque for the insertion of coins. The base is attached with four tiny screws which are presumably the means of retrieving the money when unscrewed as there appears no other site to open it. It has a somewhat naïve folk art feel to it but its shape and form is quite appealing. The design of this piece may have been taken from “R.L. Berry’s Piano Bank” which was constructed in steel. The condition is good for age although the lid has loss of two of the corners and some hairline cracks. This may well have been lovingly put together by a relative for a special child and would make a lovely addition to a collection of folk art or early money boxes. Height 4.5 ins (11.4cm) x width 6.5 ins (16.5cm) x depth 2.5 ins (6.3cm). Weight 152 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 228.
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