American Pottery Pig Bank Circa 1880’s


American, Circa 1880's c.

2 1/2"
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American pottery still bank in the shape of a pig, used for saving coins (usually pennies) to encourage children the importance of thrift. Pottery still banks are somewhat scarce since the typical way to remove coins was to smash the bank open, albeit, with this particular example, perhaps a knife was used for coin removal (note the wear to the coin slot—see images) or perhaps the additional wear is also from many coins having been deposited.
The bank is in good all original condition , from an unknown potter (unmarked) circa 1880’s, and probably a variant of #633 “Two Toned Pig” in Andy Moore’s “The Penny Bank Book” written in 1984 when collecting pottery banks was just becoming popular. Small chip to the left ear, and some chips around the coin slot as noted; charming bank. The bank is glazed in a cream color with rust colored spots on the pig’s back.
Dimensions: 5″ long x 2″ wide x 2 1/2″ high