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I've searched the internet for this lithograph money tin but can't find it anywhere, the subject matter may not be very appealing but the condition is rather nice and I would love to know what age it is and what, if any, value it has.
Any marks besides "Suchard" on it, under it, on an edge?
If you Google "Suchard tin boxes" and click "Images" you'll find many boxes like yours. I copied one that shows size. This is why you should always post dimensions. Boxes and tins are made in Holland.
Hello Tom sorry the dimensions are 7 1/4 L x 3 1/4 W x 4 H in inches, I must have looked at several hundred tins from the 19th century to the present day, chocolate, biscuits, sweets, money tins and other than a vague idea that it must be 50's or earlier I'm no closer really. Thanks for helping Tom it's much appreciated.
I just noticed the keyhole...does it have a lock on it? Do you have a key?
Another thing, the scene is that of a Swiss chalet which might indicate it held Swiss chocolate! Yummy. Made in Holland, exported to Switzerland maybe?
Yes Tom it's a lockable money box I don't have the key but should definitely have one that fits (I don't know how many hundreds of key's I've got!) I did think it had an Alpine lodge look, thanks again to you both.
Kind of close... they just say 1950s toy...
It's certainly following a theme Molly I guess mine must have been a pretty short production run although as always rarity doesn't always mean value! Thanks once again for your help.
I am curious as to what the front looks like now...especially after viewing hundreds of shacks, houses, chalets, and the like. Is there a chimney on yours? Or is that something from the background? I always enjoy a good challenge.
There's no chimney just a money slot and the lock has a 50's look to it
I'd guess a short, common, clock-winding key would open it. Most locksmiths can provide a key if you can't find one that fits. With a key included selling is much easier and increases the value too, if that's your intention.
Is the money slot home-made? Rough, jagged edges? If so it was done by previous owner. I suspect your box dates to around 1900 when chocolate, sugar, and spices-all rare and expensive, were stored under lock and key.
Hi Christine, I think the slot is original Tom it looks perfectly cut and the edges have the same patina as the rest of the tin, at a guess most of them were probably used as piggy banks and got destroyed in the process, a child's fidgity fingers could soon make a real mess of it! Christine is yours a suchard tin?
I think it's an old tin that was used as a "piggy bank". The key hole is there to open it and get the money out. I have one similar to yours with a slot in it also.