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Metal Money Box/Still Bank in the form of a “Save & Smile Money Box”, early 20th Century
This classic shaped bank appears to have originally been called the “Save & Smile Money Box”, made by Sydenham & McOustra or Chamberlain & Hill in England. This appears to have been a variety that was frequently reproduced. In Australia, this particular money box has been called “The Magic Pudding” in reference to the character popularized by Norman Lindsay in his book of the same name. The example here appears to be of that style and has no printing around the edge of the hat and the paint decoration is different. This piece appears to be of a heavy metal, presumably cast iron, but it does not attract a magnet. At the top of the back is a slot for the coins and the back would need to be unscrewed to retrieve the money. The condition is good for age although there is rubbing of the paint on all of the raised surfaces. This item is still of interest as part of the history of such banks and their use in different countries. Height and maximum width 4.25 ins (10.6cm). Weight 562 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 227.
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