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This shabby little pig shows some signs that it was previously loved and enjoyed including some crazing, flea bites, tiny pin prick black dots in the finish, and a slight area of color difference in the glaze above the nose which may be original or could be from age. I do not vigorously clean these older pieces - except for a gentle wipe off, this is "as found". As the picture shows, there is a very rough “hole” in the bottom – not sure if this is due to the fact that some old banks did not come with a hole and plug, and so had to be broken to access the money. There is a little wear to the paint in one eye. There is a small area on one ear, shown in the picture, that I thought was a chip, but there seems to be glaze over it. Is this a repair, or was it always that way? – These are “mysteries of history”.
This little piggy measures approximately 7 1/4 inches tall x 5 inches wide including the ears.
Having disclosed the age related wear both in words and pictures, I have to tell you that I was so drawn to this piece when I saw it, and I believe that it would be fabulous in a vintage display or as a shabby décor item. “1943” is embossed on the bottom. This was part of an extensive piggy bank collection belonging to the mother of the woman I bought it from, and she told me that she believed this bank was made in Japan. There are a couple of letters below the date, and I wondered if they were part of the name of a location, but again, that is a 60+ year old mystery.
Be careful, if you look at this piggy’s face for too long, you will want to rescue it as I did!
This is an adult vintage collectible not intended for children.
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