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New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank money box, circa 1914

New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank money box, circa 1914

SKU: 10790218

The New Zealand Post Office was a front runner in promoting saving by individuals in New Zealand. Starting this endeavour around 1867, the bank offered small investors a place to lodge their money and garner interest. Over the years, various small money boxes were issued as a means of promoting savings from loose change etc. This offering in a money box constructed of steel, with a small carry handle on the top surface and decorated in the elegant and somewhat organic flow more often seen in the art nouveau period. The top surface also has impressed detail of the maker – WF Burns Company of Chicago and New York. This imprint dates the bank to between 1914 and the mid 1920’s. There is a chromed plate on the front surface, above the lock for the access door, which is stamped for the Post Office Savings Bank of New Zealand with the box/client number. On the right hand side, looking at the box front on, there are slots for coins and notes. Currently the box is locked and efforts are underway to have a new key made.


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