This is a most appealing still bank or money box in the form of a seated lion. This is described in “The Penny Bank Book” by Andy and Susan Moore as ‘Seated Royal Lion’ and made by John Harper Ltd, England, 1911. The lion is in two halves that are screwed together and there is a gap at the top of the head for the insertion of coins. Presumably one undoes the screw so that the money can be retrieved. There is some gilding present but a fair amount appears to have worn away. This would be a most interesting and classic cast iron example to add to a collection of quality money boxes. 5 ins (12.7cm) x 4 ins (10.1cm). Weight 658 grams. This item can be seen in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 227.