1950's "Dr. Barnardo's Homes" Figural Bank or Money Box England UK
#AD217 Vintage Antique Advertising UK Charity Money Box:
Collect banks and antique money boxes? Here is an original and scarce vintage advertising collection box for the British organization "Dr. Barnardo's Homes". It is made of early papier mache or pressed card. The original paper document glued on the bottom is split in half as someone went in for the money, but it is intact. It has a thin brass plate that it is glued to.
The paper (as seen in photos) lists the president of the "Dr. Barnardo's Homes National Incorporated Association" as her Royal Highness Princess Margaret-Princess of Snowdon. It lists Sir Alfred Owen as Chairman of Council and Frederick J. Potter as General Secretary. Princess Margaret 1930–2002 was the daughter of King George VI 1895- 1952 of the United Kingdom and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and the sister of Queen Elizabeth II.
Click images to see condition in close up views. It is a very cool old piece, intact and it appears it saw many wonderful years of service and to a wonderful cause. Thomas John Barnardo 1845-1905 founded his cause in 1866 to care for needy children and youngsters, and it is still going strong located in Essex, England. He was an Irish philanthropist born in Dublin, who dedicated his life to homes for the poorest children. He used the title of Doctor for his whole life, although he had not finished his medical studies. The Bernardo motto was "Believe in children".
This old vintage paper mache money box is hand painted with stick on window decals. It has great mustard yellow, green and red coloured paint. The side of the box has "Dr. Barnardo's Homes" printed on it with pressed trees. It measures 5 by 4 inches by 4.5 inches tall.
This vintage bank is in good condition with great patina. A great piece of history as well as a great child's or children's novelty bank for the collector. Click images to see condition in close up views. Sold ad photographed. This scarce old piece was found in Totnes, Devon, England.
Size: 5 x 4 inches, by 4.5 inches tall.
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