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Money Box - 'Punch And Judy Bank', Cast Iron, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: HT 11

Summary:
Cast iron money box, originally painted, featuring a Punch and Judy show.

Originally owned by the donor's husband's stepmother, Mrs Ada Nugent Cockram. Ada was born around 1890, probably in Wonthaggi, and the money box was a childhood toy. Ada gave the money box to the donor for her children, but it tended to be an ornament in their bedroom, rather than be actually played with. The base was replaced by the donor's husband in 1980.
Description:
Cast iron money box, square, shallow, with curtained 'window' inside which the characters of Punch and Judy appear (chest upwards only). Sides have open diamond grid. Painted backdrop; money box exterior also originally painted, in yellow and red.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs June Cockram, 2001
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18 cm (Height), 15.5 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: finances, ornaments, puppetry, les
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Money & Card Containers
Tertiary Classification: boxes
Inscriptions: Inscribed at top in raised lettering: 'PUNCH AND JUDY BANK'.
Place & Date Made: United States of America, 1895-1900

Approximate date(s).
Place Used: Wonthaggi, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Comments

Margaret Williams Posted on 01 Mar 2010 2:30 PM
We have a money box within the cast iron underneath the item is
"reproduction from book of knowledge
1890" is this valuable or a collectors
item it is a Mother Bird feeding two baby birds
birds
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 Mar 2010 11:12 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Margaret, thanks for your question. Unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. For a list of valuers approved by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, see their website at http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp
Kyle Coleman Posted on 03 Apr 2010 2:51 PM
I have an old punch and judy mechanical cast iron bank and I’m not sure how much it is worth. I don’t know if it is an original or a reproduction. It has brown paint around the borders is brown instead of red and the bottom plate says it is made in Taiwan. Can you help me?
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Apr 2010 11:06 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kyle, unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. For a list of valuers approved by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, see their website at http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp

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