In the image of a Spaniel, this porcelain dog bust was utilized for putting used razor blades in the slot provided at the top and discarded when filled. It is quite attractive with rust/orange eyes, black ears and highlights, a padlock hanging from his collar on a white backdrop, with realistic hair molded on the backside.
It is also considered to be a penny bank (or money box as the British refer to it) and is sought after by still bank collectors, with a version of it noted as bank #342 in Andy Moore’s book on the subject “The Penny Bank Book” where it is identified as “Staffordshire, Circa 1890”. I think it is a few years later than that, nevertheless, quite a unique collectible. Made more difficult to find by the fact that it had to be smashed to remove the coins as there was no mechanism to open the bank.
Dimensions: 4 5/8″ deep x 4 3/4″ wide x 4 1/4″ high