Old Pottery Still Penny Bank Two-Tone Pig or Piggy Marked 211
Description: This is an antique glazed pottery penny bank in the form of a pig standing on all four legs. This bank is colored in a brownish yellow on the top half of the animal and just in yellow on the bottom half. The pig has four short legs that are also glazed except for the bottom, which is unglazed. The piggy bank shows the pig's ears, eyes and snout. The eyes are round holes that are open to the inside cavity. The bank has the coin slot on its back. This bank was made in 1880's and it is a wonder that it is still intact with only a minor flake to the glaze on the front of the pig's snout. See Page 92, bank number 633 in Andy and Susan Moore's book "The Penny Bank Book, Collecting Still Banks" published Schiffer Publishing Ltd. of Exton, PA in 1984 for a similar example. The bank is marked under the glaze on its underside with what looks like the number 211 or 711. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Late 19th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The bank is 4" long, 2 1/8" wide and is ~2 1/2" at its highest. The piece weighs ~5 ounces.
Marks: Marked 211 or 711 under glaze on the pig's underside.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice early pottery bank that is in very good condition despite the fact that it has been around for over 100 years. Definitely would make a great addition to any collection of still penny banks.
Condition: The bank is in good condition with no cracks, no repairs, or hairlines. The bank has general crazing to the glaze. The piece also has small chips to the glaze along the edge of the coin slot on the pig's back as well as to the front of the snout. It also has a few of the defects you would expect in an old piece of pottery such as pops, areas where the glaze did not fully flow (see on the side of one of the legs as shown in the next to last photo), slubs, and uneven areas. This piece has very few of those but they are there. Be that as it may, the piece is still in good condition and looks great. Please see photos for additional condition information.