Piggy bank mobile

Portable piggy bank from US bank The First National Bank. The metal case is rectangular. Its sides are rounded. It has a handle on the top and a slot on the side. On the front, a plate features the bank’s logo.

  • Accession Number 2020.02.339
  • Fabricant / Éditeur Burns Co. ?
  • Date 1895 c
  • Materials metal
  • Measurements 7,8 x 11 x 5,9 cm
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Historical context

The American Charles Owen Burns was the driving force behind piggy banks as a means of promoting savings. His 1890 patent introduced a savings collection system in the form of a metal box, owned by the bank and leased to the depositor so that he could fill it up and deposit his savings in the bank.

These piggy banks, which varied slightly in shape, were purchased by many banks in the United States and around the world at the turn o...

  • Accession Number 2020.02.339
  • Fabricant / Éditeur Burns Co. ?
  • Date 1895 c
  • Materials metal
  • Measurements 7,8 x 11 x 5,9 cm
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Photo by Louis-Etienne Dore

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