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Money Box - Bester's Sweets, circa 1954 Object Reg. No: SH 940520

Money box manufactured for Bester's Sweets, circa 1954. The box features Queen Elizabeth II holding a bouquet on one side whilst the other side features Queen Elizabeth with her young son, Prince Charles.
Painted, tin money box with lid; piece of paper found inside. Rectangular money box with light yellow background and a different illustration and inscription on each side. The theme is Queen Elizabeth. On one side, a young Queen Elizabeth is with a young boy, Prince Charles. They are framed by a window. She is wearing a light blue suit with a brooch on the lapel and a string of pearls around her neck. The illustration of the Queen on the opposite side is more formal. She has on a tiara and a white fur and is holding a large bunch of flowers. The background is brown. Both side panels are inscribed. The lid is rectangular and painted light yellow. There is a money slot in the centre with printed text around it. Inside the money box is a folded piece of lined paper with handwriting on either side.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Boyunegnez, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.50 cm (Height), 5.50 cm (Width), 8.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Box dimensions above. Lid: 8cm x 5.7cm x .7cm. Paper: 12.4cm x 7.5cm

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Tagged with: advertising, commerce, royalty, royalty british
Themes this item is part of: Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, HRH Charles, Prince of Wales (1948- ), HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ), Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Secondary Classification: Money & Card Containers
Tertiary Classification: boxes
Inscriptions: Money box, printed, red ink, one side, [logo-illustration of a crown, gold ink], "THE ROYAL LINE / SAXON / NORMAN / PLANTAGENET / TUDOR / STUART / HANOVER / SAXE-COBURG AND GOTHA / WINDSOR / ELIZABETH II"; second side, "The Queen and / Prince Charles"; Third side, [logo- gold crown] / EIIR / BORN/ April 21st, 1926 / MARRIED / November 20th, 1947 / ACCESSION TO THRONE / February 6th, 1952 / CORONATION / June 2nd, 1953" Lid, "SAVE WITH / Bester's"
Date Made: circa 1954
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1954-1966
Person Depicted: HM Queen Elizabeth II
Person Depicted: HRH Charles Prince of Wales


Denise Young Posted on 15 Jun 2013 11:19 PM
The tin contained crown-shaped soft jellies "jubes", if I remember correctly.I was only five years old when given one, which was then used as a money box.

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