{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)
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{Antique} - Japanned / Copper Flash Savings Bank (1890s-1920s)

Regular price $ 78.00

This japanned steel, luggage-shaped home savings bank was made in the US between the 1890s and the 1920s. Coin and bill containers like these were often given out when someone opened a savings account at a bank.

Japanning, also known as copper flash, was a form of decorative finish that originated in Europe in the 17th century as an imitation of Asian lacquerwork. It remained popular into the 1920s in the US.

These home banks were largely made by the W.F. Burns Co. of New York/Chicago and were sold to bank branches as promotional items that encouraged home savings. The bank staff would keep the key, you’d deposit bills (by rolling them up and putting them in the hole on the side) and coins in your home bank, and when it was full you'd take it in to the bank to deposit.

The plaque on this one is unique in my experience in that it’s totally blank, and it's also missing the manufacturer's stamp. It's possible that this was a sample model meant to show the design to prospective bank managers. 

Bank is in good condition; the door at the bottom opens but there’s no key, so I have reduced the price some.

Dimensions (in cm.):

width 10.5

height 7.5

depth 6


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Size Chart (in cm.)

Shoulders Pit-to-Pit Waist Sleeve Length
Small 40 96 96 60.5 67
Medium 41.5 99 99 61.5 69
Large 43 102 102 62.5 71
XL 44.5 105 105 63.6 73
XXL 46 108 108 64.5 75