🔎 UNIDENTIFIED What Type Of Piggy Bank Is This ?

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Looks like clay stone ware and to me more like a hedge hog than a pig. I'm hoping than some one may know the style and form as there are no markings.
Any and all opinions of where, when and possible maker is appreciated. Thanks to all .....
 

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What you have there is in my opinion a fantastic folk art primitive antique.
Be very careful with it... and would not hurt to send your pictures to Sotheby's OR Christies auction houses for an opinion.

Best of luck... KILLER little piece if ever there was one.
 
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Appreciate your opinion ARC. I was leaning towards primitive but was not 100% certain.
Thanks again & have a good one .....
 
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Also... i will add... your piece is an primitive folk art "stoneware" piece.
And i only suggest someone sending in a photo to the above when i feel it to be justified.

They will be your best bet for its maker... if possible.
Also... they will also be the link to a "value" if any.
 
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Unfortunately there is no markings and what looks like a T is part of the stoneware. From what I have seen Anna pigs
have a cork plug at the rear end. It would be nice but I believe this is not an Anna piece....
 
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I don't doubt your word but sometimes markings are mere scratches and the glaze fills them in even more. Could you post one or more pictures of the side in question from different angles. I may be hallucinating but I see four or five letters .
 

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Thanks for your extra looking fyrffytr1 and I wish there were letters there. A couple of pics from your circled area from different angle shows (in my opinion) old natural lines from age & patina..
 

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It's cute, I would pay money for that just to put my coin finds into. I'll buy it for the right price.
 
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Unfortunately there is no markings and what looks like a T is part of the stoneware. From what I have seen Anna pigs
have a cork plug at the rear end. It would be nice but I believe this is not an Anna piece....
JFYI- You are talking about an Anna JUG... not a bank... not saying this is Anna but is going to be along the same lines IMO.
 
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Thanks again ARC and I follow exactly what you are saying. Will send out pics as you mentioned earlier and see
if I get any replies ......... have a good one .....
 
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Thanks again ARC and I follow exactly what you are saying. Will send out pics as you mentioned earlier and see
if I get any replies ......... have a good one .....
Please post the results :)... i am curious about the item as well.
 
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Cariboo5, would you mind if I post this piece on a pottery page I am a member of? They may be able to help. Can you tell me in what part of the country you found it?
 
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Trivia - In the Middle Ages, people would save extra coins in pygg jars or pots. Pygg is a type of clay. I won't even begin to try to describe the original pronunciation of 'pygg', but by the 18th C it was pronounced 'pig'. In Victorian times, potters began making these personal banks shaped like pigs - which is where we get 'piggy banks'.

Pygg pots typically just had a slot for inserting coins. There was no easy way to get them out, therefore the temptation to spend was greatly reduced. In times of real need or emergency, you had to "break the bank" to use your money.
 
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Well cork was first used around 3000 BC so that is no help. Are there any stampings on the cork or inside the bank
 
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I agree Matt. I won't guess at an age but the cork makes me think it is likely a little newer rather than older.

I had a piggy bank when I was a kid and the only way to get the money out was to break it open. Or by sticking a butter knife in the slot while holding the bank upside down and shaking it. :laughing7:
 
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