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Vintage Porcelain Kitchen Sink Renewed to Shiny White

Vintage Heavy Ceramic Green One Cent Replica Coin Bank on a Stand 7 x 75
vintage heavy ceramic green one cent replica coin bank on a stand 7 x 75
$13.95
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Small Vintage Yellow Washington DC Pig Piggy Bank Heart LOVE 35 Ceramic
small vintage yellow washington dc pig piggy bank heart love 35 ceramic
$17.50
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Vintage White Porcelain Purse Bank Young Girl NEW
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$1.99
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vintage royal copley ceramic pig or piggy bank
vintage royal copley ceramic pig or piggy bank
$11.62
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VTG Piggy Bank Wedding Fund Ceramic Savings Jar White Blue Silver 5 X 3 X 2
vtg piggy bank wedding fund ceramic savings jar white blue silver 5 x 3 x 2
$11.96
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Vintage 1967 Owl Coin Money Bank Ceramic Plaster Made in Japan by OSL Collectib
vintage 1967 owl coin money bank ceramic plaster made in japan by osl collectib
$24.95
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Vtg MCM Pink Porcelain Elephant Piggy Bank Raised Rubber Stopper Trunk Up
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$25.46
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Vintage Davar Cat Shaped Porcelain Bank HP Purple Flowers Pink Tail
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$19.99
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Vintage Ceramic Bank BUILD A LITTLE NEST EGG Love Birds Bird House
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$44.99
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Vintage CERAMASTER dog Coin Bank Made In Japan lionpiggy bankceramicporcelain
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$7.99
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Vintage Ceramic Monk Friar Coin Bank This Is My Bank Thou Shalt Not Steal
vintage ceramic monk friar coin bank this is my bank thou shalt not steal
$19.99
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Beautiful  Perfect Vintage Seafirst Bank Seattle Cobalt Blue Ceramic Piggy Bank
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$7.67
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VINTAGE COBALT BLUE CERAMIC SEAFIRST BANK PIGGY BANK 675 WITH STOPPER NICE
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$7.19
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Vintage Lego Money Bag Red Bank NEAT
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$12.74
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Bowling Pin Coin Bank Piggy Bank Saving Bank Ceramic Porcelain Clown 8 Vintage
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$39.99
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Vintage JASCO Bisque Porcelain Nurse Kitty Cat Bank
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$6.99
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Vintage Hubert Harris Banking Lion Porcelain Coin Bank W Glasses
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$11.50
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VINTAGE CERAMIC YELLOW AND BLUE CHUBBY PIG PIGGY BANK
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$9.99
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Vintage kitchen Cooking Sauce Pan Porcelain bank GUC
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$9.59
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Vintage Ceramic Cat Piggy Bank 65 Tall Porcelain Kitten
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$9.99
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vintage ceramic Fairy on the Moon bank
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$5.00
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Vintage Ceramic Porcelain Christmas Santa and Elf Train With Holly Coin Bank
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$14.99
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TEDDY BEAR BANK PORCELAIN CERAMIC VTG
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$10.20
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VTG 1960s Retro MOD Blue Arrows Ceramic Triangle Lego Japan Coin Here Art Bank
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$20.00
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Vintage Homco Porcelain Piggy Bank Money Box Santa Claus Sack of Christmas Gifts
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$5.00
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Vintage Ceramic Circus Carnival Clown Head Piggy Bank Multi color 95 Tall
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$18.99
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Lot of 8 Vintage Souvenir Piggy Coin Banks Blue  White Ceramic Pottery
lot of 8 vintage souvenir piggy coin banks blue white ceramic pottery
$9.99
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Set of 4 Vintage Piggy Banks Promotional NY Life Coins Plastic and Ceramic
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$9.99
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Lot of 4 Vintage and Antique Chalkware Ceramic Piggy Banks
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$9.99
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Vintage Hand Painted ND Ceramic Piggy Bank Multi Color Design BLUE PINK YELLOW
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$23.99
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Moving Sale Reduced 20Vintage Ceramic Pig Bank W Stained Glass Motif Japan
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$13.00
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vintage ceramic Pig cup mug angel wings flying pig  Pink Piggy Bank art pottery
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$19.99
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VINTAGE PORCELAIN BISQUE HAND PAINTED MR  MRS PIG BELLS ESTATE FIND
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$12.99
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FENDI BANK RARE VINTAGE RED PURSE WOMANS CERAMIC DESIGNER ONLY 2 ON EBAY
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$42.00
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VTG HOLLAND HOUSE BANK CERAMIC SIGNED MUST SEE
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$29.00
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Vintage Lefton Porcelain Raggedy Ann  Andy Banks Japan Pure Joy
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$29.99
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Vintage Wedgwood Porcelain Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter Coin Bank RARE
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$29.98
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Vtg Retro Made in Italy Porcelain Winking Bear Bank 7 tall Good Cond
vtg retro made in italy porcelain winking bear bank 7 tall good cond
$10.00
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Vintage Porcelain Enesco Human Bean Bank The Graduate With Hang Tag 7 Tall 1981
vintage porcelain enesco human bean bank the graduate with hang tag 7 tall 1981
$7.99
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Child Praying Holy Bible Bank Vintage Porcelain Faith  Charity Japan Needs Cork
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$29.99
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Vintage Antique Porcelain Piggy Bank Ships Oct 21
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$15.00
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VINTAGE MUSHROOM COIN BANK
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$7.50
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Vintage Lefton Ceramic Piggy Bank with Flowers Japan 1950s
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$20.00
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Vintage Porcelain Pulver One Cent Gum Machine Yellow Kid w keys working
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$2,000.00
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Vintage Savings Piggy Bank Figural Pig Penny Coin Porcelain w Gold accents
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$7.99
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Vintage Ceramic Pig Piggy Shelf Sitter in New Condition
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$4.85
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VINTAGE NORTHWESTERN 1 RED YELLOW PORCELAIN CAST IRON GUMBALL PEANUT MACHINE
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$143.50
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Vintage Hillbilly Country Redwood ceramic Cuss Bank
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$14.50
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Vintage Porcelain Piggy Banks 2 Different Ellis Island  Trees of Mystery
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$5.50
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Vintage Baby Rhino Porcelain Figurine Coin Bank Rhinoceros Japan
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$5.00
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ADORABLE VINTAGE 1983 PORCELAIN OTAGIRI TEADDY BEAR BANK
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$10.50
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Vintage Pin Money Purse Ceramic Bank Rhinestones with Gold Trim
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$19.99
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Vintage PIGGY BANK PIG Ceramic Handpainted Brown HIGH GLOSS
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$23.99
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Vintage Porcelain Winking Bear BankMade in Italy7 half  tall HeavyGd Cond
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$12.00
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VINTAGE porcelain Brown Drip Glaze Turtle piggy bank JAPAN COIN KEEPER Head up
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$17.50
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Vintage Porcelain Tiny Watering Can Verse Bank MAY ALL YOUR WEEDS BE WILDFLOWERS
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$11.99
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Rare Vintage Lego Japan Ceramic Gas Pump Still Bank w Gulf Emblem 775 Tall
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$27.00
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Vintage Porcelain Japan Norcrest 5 Green Frog Toad Piggy Bank
vintage porcelain japan norcrest 5 green frog toad piggy bank
$20.00
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Cute Vintage 1970s Porcelain Sitting Teddy Bear Bank 4 Tall
cute vintage 1970s porcelain sitting teddy bear bank 4 tall
$18.00
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Porcelain Monkey Bank Spencer Gifts Korea Swinging Arms String Tail EUC Vintage
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$19.99
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Vintage Porcelain Pig Bank Marked USA on Bottom Lot 70B
vintage porcelain pig bank marked usa on bottom lot 70b
$1.00
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Vintage Apple New York Ceramic Coin Bank Paradies Collection Figurine
vintage apple new york ceramic coin bank paradies collection figurine
$14.99
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VINTAGE KEG OF CASH SMILING FRIAR MONK CERAMIC BANK
vintage keg of cash smiling friar monk ceramic bank
$9.99
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Vintage Ceramic Sponge Painted Christmas Tree Piggy Bank With Stopper
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$4.95
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Vintage Empress Japan Money House Ceramic Cottage Bank
vintage empress japan money house ceramic cottage bank
$21.24
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Vintage 1968 Porcelain Clown Coin Bank Dimes Nickles Pennies Made in Japan
vintage 1968 porcelain clown coin bank dimes nickles pennies made in japan
$7.99
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Porcelain Vintage Outhouse Japan
porcelain vintage outhouse japan
$5.00
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Vintage WW II Seamans Bank For Savings Porcelain Sailor Coin Bank G 516
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$49.99
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Vintage Florida Piggy Bankwhite porcelain1980soranges design pigflowers
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$6.99
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Vintage Harvard University Porcelain Pig Piggybank Piggy Bank Gold Trim
vintage harvard university porcelain pig piggybank piggy bank gold trim
$49.99
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VINTAGE HARVARD UNIVERSITY PORCELAIN PIGGYBANK w GOLD TRIM One Smart Pig
vintage harvard university porcelain piggybank w gold trim one smart pig
$32.99
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Vintage Large Ceramic Art Pottery Hippie 60s Pig Piggy Bank Flawless
vintage large ceramic art pottery hippie 60s pig piggy bank flawless
$44.00
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Vintage Bank British Red Ceramic Telephone Bank With Stopper on Bottom
vintage bank british red ceramic telephone bank with stopper on bottom
$16.99
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Rare Vintage Late Foly Shelley China Porcelain Pig Arms of Fitz Williams
rare vintage late foly shelley china porcelain pig arms of fitz williams
$39.99
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VINTAGE DIME SAVINGS BANK PORCELAIN MERCURY HEAD PORCELAIN COIN BANK
vintage dime savings bank porcelain mercury head porcelain coin bank
$9.95
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Vintage Large Ceramic Hand Painted Piggy Bank Made In Mexico 9x 55 x 85Tall
vintage large ceramic hand painted piggy bank made in mexico 9x 55 x 85tall
$29.99
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Vintage Glazed Porcelain Ceramic Cat Coin Bank White with Flowers
vintage glazed porcelain ceramic cat coin bank white with flowers
$4.99
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Vintage Enesco Japan Flowered Porcelain Pig Shaped Bank Orig Sticker
vintage enesco japan flowered porcelain pig shaped bank orig sticker
$13.00
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Vintage Ceramic Pig Bank Iridescent with Blue Eyes
vintage ceramic pig bank iridescent with blue eyes
$15.99
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Vintage THAMES JAPAN Hand Painted Ceramic JAM BEAR w SPOON
vintage thames japan hand painted ceramic jam bear w spoon
$15.00
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Vintage Ultraman Robot Porcelain Piggy Bank Japan b2
vintage ultraman robot porcelain piggy bank japan b2
$9.99
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Vtg Reutter Porzellan Porcelain Germany Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Bank w Box
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$26.99
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Vtg Save For A Rainy Day Hummelesque Ceramic Boy Figurine Bank w Umbrella Cute
vtg save for a rainy day hummelesque ceramic boy figurine bank w umbrella cute
$0.99
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Concepts in Time Red Ceramic Phone Booth Money Bank Vintage Old London Piggy 6
concepts in time red ceramic phone booth money bank vintage old london piggy 6
$14.99
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Vintage Ceramic Standing Pig Piggy Coin Bank
vintage ceramic standing pig piggy coin bank
$11.95
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Small Vintage Ceramic Red Fire Alarm Bank C 4
small vintage ceramic red fire alarm bank c 4
$25.10
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Vintage Hand Painted Glazed Ceramic Money Bag Coin Bank 7 Tall x 7 Stopper
vintage hand painted glazed ceramic money bag coin bank 7 tall x 7 stopper
$11.50
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VINTAGE PORCELAIN PIGGY BANK 7 SIGILLUM UNIVERSTATIS TUFTENSIS PAX HEAVY GOLD
vintage porcelain piggy bank 7 sigillum universtatis tuftensis pax heavy gold
$69.95
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Vintage 1950s For my Cadillac Pig Ceramic Porcelain Piggy Bank Coin Still VG
vintage 1950s for my cadillac pig ceramic porcelain piggy bank coin still vg
$38.00
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Vintage Porcelain Pink Baby Elephant by Norcrest A14 4 with tags
vintage porcelain pink baby elephant by norcrest a14 4 with tags
$19.99
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VINTAGE CERAMIC PINK AND BLUE CHUBBY PIG PIGGY BANK
vintage ceramic pink and blue chubby pig piggy bank
$35.00
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VINTAGE LEFTON JAPAN LUSTER PORCELAIN IRRIDESCENT POODLE PIGGY BANK
vintage lefton japan luster porcelain irridescent poodle piggy bank
$17.99
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Vintage Hand Painted Embossed Ceramic Pig Piggy Bank
vintage hand painted embossed ceramic pig piggy bank
$29.99
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Vintage 1980 Otagiri Hand Painted Ceramic Barn 2 Story House Still Bank
vintage 1980 otagiri hand painted ceramic barn 2 story house still bank
$24.99
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Vintage Lefton porcelain white cat kitty kitten coin piggy bank blue eyes 1566
vintage lefton porcelain white cat kitty kitten coin piggy bank blue eyes 1566
$14.99
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VINTAGE Germany PORCELAIN PINK PIG PIGGY BANK 4 x 2 7169 III Bisque Ceramic
vintage germany porcelain pink pig piggy bank 4 x 2 7169 iii bisque ceramic
$29.99
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Vintage Porcelain Small Piggy Bank
vintage porcelain small piggy bank
$12.99
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Vintage Panda Bank Porcelain
vintage panda bank porcelain
$8.09
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VINTAGE 1988 CERAMIC CHARLIE TUNA BANK STAR KIST FOODS Tiki Decor Beach Theme
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$25.46
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Vintage Ceramic Red Fire hydrant Bank Hand Painted Take a LK
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$12.95
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Pair of vintage UCGO Cat Figurines Terra Cotta white porcelain plated figurines
pair of vintage ucgo cat figurines terra cotta white porcelain plated figurines
$24.95
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Vintage mini porcelain black mice clothes too big mouse blue pant pink skirt
vintage mini porcelain black mice clothes too big mouse blue pant pink skirt
$35.55
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Vintage petrified wood rock geode  with squirrels ceramic porcelain squirrel
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$35.55
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Vintage Asian Porcelain Babies Rose Medallion Chopstick Rest 6
vintage asian porcelain babies rose medallion chopstick rest 6
$20.00
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Vintage Limoges Fragonard France Porcelain  Gilt Vanity Hand Mirror Purse Size
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$22.00
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Pr LARGE Vintage 12 Sitting Porcelain Piano Babies Boy  Girl Figurines
pr large vintage 12 sitting porcelain piano babies boy girl figurines
$125.00
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Beautiful Vintage Chinese Porcelain Vases 10 Height Set of 2 85
beautiful vintage chinese porcelain vases 10 height set of 2 85
$65.00
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Small Vintage Antique LaMp Porcelain Chinese Japanese Asian Oriental Table Lamp
small vintage antique lamp porcelain chinese japanese asian oriental table lamp
$69.99
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Vintage Napco Ceramic Dutch Boy  Dutch Girl Planters S662 MINT CONDITION
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$42.00
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Vintage Porcelain Enameled Oriental 14 Unsigned Taiwan China Charger Plate
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$42.99
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Vtg February Birthday Girl Doll Figurine Japan 1950s Porcelain Initial F Yellow
vtg february birthday girl doll figurine japan 1950s porcelain initial f yellow
$27.95
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Vintage Christmas Angel Porcelain Candle Hugger Pair Japan 50s 60s Standing 22
vintage christmas angel porcelain candle hugger pair japan 50s 60s standing 22
$20.00
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Vintage Peanuts Snoopy Mini Ceramic Teapot w Wire Handle Excellent Condition
vintage peanuts snoopy mini ceramic teapot w wire handle excellent condition
$34.99
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6 NUMBER PORCELAIN NYC SUBWAY CAR VINTAGE OLD COLLECTIBLE STATION MARKERS NY ART
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$189.00
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vintage 4 white porcelain nesting bowls gold trim hand painted yellow flowers
vintage 4 white porcelain nesting bowls gold trim hand painted yellow flowers
$29.99
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Vtg Custard Cup Ceramic Floral Pink Blue Garland Footed Easter Dessert Dish Bowl
vtg custard cup ceramic floral pink blue garland footed easter dessert dish bowl
$39.95
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Orig VTG Quaker STATE OIL TOMBSTONE CURB Double Sided Porcelain 50s Station
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$439.95
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Vintage Pair of 6 Ceramic White Porcelain Wall Sconce Light Fixtures
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$24.95
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Vintage BLACK BISQUE PORCELAIN DOLLs AFRICAN AMERICAN
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$55.00
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Vintage Avon Elegant Gold Dress Light Angel Tree Topper Porcelain Head Hands NWB
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$79.99
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Vintage Porcelain Clown Plate Fairmount 1976 Red Skelton Freddie the Freeloader
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$99.99
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Vtg SET OF 3 PINK ROSE WHITE Spaghetti Poodles Mama W Two Pups on Chains RARE
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$149.00
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Vintage 1998 Avon exquisite angel  cherub porcelain figurine Glimmer light NWB
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$69.99
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VTG 2 VICTORIAN PORCELAIN  FABRICLACE XMAS ORNAMENTS ANGEL  DRESS FORM DECOR
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$35.00
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Antique Lamps - Kung Hei Fat Choi by Maurice Robertson

"Kung Hei Fat Choi!" or "Happy New Year!" - the great festival of the Chinese speaking world. It is unknown exactly when and how this event began, except to say that with China's 5000 years of history, not being able to recall the beginnings of such celebrations can be well understood.

In contemporary China, the New Year celebration is known as the Spring Festival and is considered one of the most important events in China. This important occasion carries with it certain obligations for people preparing for the New Year. All disputes must be resolved, so that the New Year can begin with a clean slate. Spring cleaning is done, so that the house can greet the New Year clean and tidy & all clothes have to be cleaned and pressed.

The date of the Chinese New Year is established by the lunar calendar, so the first day of the lunar year marks the date of the Chinese New Year. This places the date of the New Year between late January and early February. Finally at midnight, on New Years Eve, the fun begins!

At the stroke of twelve the New Year is greeted by the explosion of fireworks, bells, drums and gongs. In traditional China, or, Imperial China, the midnight cannonade was designed to drive away evil spirits and so cleanse the infant New Year.

It is at this time, that every city witnesses one of China's most ancient cultural events, the dragon and lion dance. Through the streets of every town and village the dragon, to the sound of fireworks, drums and gongs, snakes his way across China.

The dragon is the most ancient of Chinese cultural symbols and is highly revered and honored by the Chinese people. Unlike in the West, the Chinese dragon is a totally benign creature, the deity of water, rivers and streams and offering assurance from the threat of drought. The lion, the symbol of power and courage, protects and wards off mischievous spirits.

With the tradition of New Years celebration so deeply embedded in the Chinese psyche, no effort is spared in traveling vast distances to bring gifts and spend this important holiday with the family. Known in China as the "Spring Movement", it is, in fact, the largest mass migration on the planet!

The week long holiday is filled with entertainments and special New Year dishes. House window frames and doors are freshly painted and the houses brightly decorated with lights and red lanterns, red being the symbolic colour for wealth and good fortune. Children receive the traditional red envelope, containing money, quickly spent on treats and sweets!

With a major tradition being the exchanging of gifts, the focus of this article is the traditional gift of "New Year" or "Cracked Ice" blue and white Chinese porcelain.

Oriental porcelain was introduced to the West as early as the mid 15th century, when precious examples appearing in Lisbon, Portugal being the first to acquire trading rights from Imperial China.

Prior to this, porcelain, both Chinese and Japanese, was seen in Europe as a mystical substance with almost magical properties, from a place that very few knew of, let alone, had been to. Most information was still based on the visit made by Marco Polo in 1275.

The "secret" of blue and white porcelain is cobalt, a natural mineral ore which gives the blue. Cobalt was then confined to Persia, today's modern Iran. This trade between China and Persia undoubtedly propelled the Chinese decoration of ceramics into a new direction, with the first truly blue and white porcelain made around 1290 AD.

The production of porcelain in China has had a history of thousands of years and is the very reason we call porcelain "China" because that's where it came from!

Not only porcelain, but all traditional Chinese art is filled with symbolic meaning and has always played a highly important role, as with gifts offered for auspicious occasions, like birthdays, births and weddings, with good wishes offered for long life and a comfortable old age.

If we randomly choose just four symbols and their meanings, symbols frequently found in Chinese art, these could be -:

Dragons - a symbol derived from ancient traditions. This celebrated symbol ranks first among all. The five-clawed dragon was reserved for the Emperor from ancient times until the end of the last dynasty. The four-clawed dragon associates with royalty and the three-clawed dragon with the Chinese people.

Bamboo - standing for longevity and courage in adversity. As bamboo is evergreen and because it grows straight, it was a popular symbol for an honest mandarin official.

Bats - the homonym "fu" stands for both "bat" and "happiness", hence the bat is a popular symbol. Five bats shown together signify the Five Blessings: longevity, health, wealth, virtue and a natural death.

Crane - the crane is another longevity symbol as the bird was thought to live for two thousand years. A bird flying or looking towards the sun represents a desire to rise high in the government hierarchy.

In traditional China, New Year, or, cracked ice decorated porcelain was a popular gift with its message of spring and new beginnings. The decoration consists of a rich blue ground to simulate ice, or, frozen water. This effect is produced, sometimes with heavy brush strokes, or fine white lines produced by exposing the underlying white porcelain. This frozen ice ground is broken up by branches of plum blossom flowering on old wood, again, the decoration achieved by exposing the underlying white porcelain. The symbolism here speaks of the winter's ice giving way to the welcome arrival of spring, with budding plum blossom about to break through.

Chinese traditional art is filled with symbolic meaning and has always played a highly important role as with gifts offered for auspicious occasions. The gift is one thing, the message is something else!

A pair of New Year accent lamps can be seen by going to -: http://www.antiquelampshop.com/commerce/search/products/?product_id=a042&merchant_id=2370 The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co ship lamps world wide.Please visit their web site at -: http://www.antiquelampshop.com

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