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Victorian WMF Swallows with Nest Still Bank from Germany
The sweetest of still banks from Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) Germany depicting a Swallow parent tending to their babies in the nest. This original pewter bank was created by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik) and was once silverplated though most of it has worn away. The back resembles a door where the slot for coins acts as a window and its is covered with some sort of material - perhaps leather. A keyhole takes the place of the door's handle. Unfortunately the key has been lost during the past 100+ years. The bank measures 2.5" long, about 2" wide, is 3 3/8" tall and quite heavy for its size. It is in good condition for its age with some scratching and a little bending around the keyhole. Marked "WMF" on the bottom along with the company's Ostrich logo in a triangle and the letter "B", a mark that narrows down its production between 1880 and 1925 (although this particular style was created prior to 1914). The detail on this bank is incredible and the subject matter rare. If your love is banks 'n Birdies then you can't go wrong with this!
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