Posted 4 years ago
I found this little beauty yesterday at an estate sale. It looked rather different then: It was very dirty and was stuffed with some kind of chicken wire. It looked really sad. I didn't know what it was but realized that it was handmade. It had the great amount of $1 on it so I decided to take my chances. It took me some time to get the wire out and clean it up. This task was rather difficult because the openings are too small to allow your hand or fingers to pass through. But I managed and here it is:
I believe my object is a antique or vintage bride's bank. In late Victorian times to the beginning of the 1900's, these baskets are said to have been used to collect money for the brides. Many bride's banks were shaped like a crown. After the wedding, these bride's banks were used for flower arrangements.
My bride's bank is about 5" by 6" and has a lovely green colour. There are some gold specs, too. If you look closely at the last photo, you might be able to see it.
My bank has a polished pontil.
I am not sure where this bride's bank was made. I read that they were made in the states but also in Bohemia. I really don't know how to figure out the difference.
Thanks for looking:)