Antique and vintage money boxes



2015-06-26 11:14:51

Antique and vintage money boxes are collectible boxes produced in the 1980s or earlier.

Money boxes are often called “still boxes” by collectors, as opposed to “mechanical banks” that were popular in the early 20th century.

They can range in material and design. Many collectible pieces were fashioned out of tin, while others were made from wood, ceramics, or gold. The oldest money boxes date back to 2nd century Asia Minor.

Piggy banks

A number of ceramic boxes have been fashioned to resemble pigs, known as “piggy banks”.

They derive from the Middle English term “pygg”, a form of clay that was used to make money receptacles. This evolved to “pygg jars” by the 18th century and then “pig bank”, from whence the shape emerged.

Antique or vintage?

Money boxes produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of antique and vintage money boxes

  • A Transvaal still bank money box sold for $1,200 at Morphy Auctions in December 2005.

  • A British circa 1930s Gwenda money box sold for $350 at a Dan Morphy Auctions sale in December 2004.

  • An early 1950s sewer tile piggy bank, made in Ohio, US, realised $550 at a Cowan’s Auctions sale in October 2004.

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