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Object Name Bank, Still
Date 1853-1860
Description White porcelain bank in the shape of a two-story house with two chimneys. The windows and doors have gold trim, and the roof edges are textured. There is a a coin slot on the center rear portion of the roof. Areas on the base in front of the house are shaped to suggest shrubbery. Inscription in gold script on the front of the base: "Freeman Vanname Merrell". Inscription in gold script on the back of the house: "Born April 26th 1851." Probably made in England. This bank is a pair with F07.1570. Height is 5.5 inches, width is 6 inches, and depth is 3.250 inches.
(Keywords: Victorian, European)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Freeman Vanname Merrell (1851-1926) lived in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, where he had a long career as a boatman and ship captain. Matching bank F07.1570 belonged to his sister, Isadora.
Earliest Date 1853
Latest Date 1860
Material Ceramic
Subjects Banks
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Associated People Merrell, Freeman
Catalog Number F07.1569
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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