Still bank:Turkey Bank

ca. 1925

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Some historians suggest that the "piggy" in piggy bank refers not to the porcine barnyard animal but to a 15th-century English term for a type of orange clay, "pygg," used for making household jars, dishes, and, perhaps, receptacles for holding coins. Centuries later, so the story goes, a potter, when asked to make a pygg bank, shaped the bank in the form of a pig. In the early 20th century, banks for saving coins appeared in the shapes of many different animals, figures, and buildings.

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  • Title: Still bank:Turkey Bank
  • Date Created: ca. 1925
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: Turkey
  • Type: More Toys
  • Medium: iron, cast, painted
  • Object ID: 79.6386