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Vintage German Piggy Bank Subject Telephone Money Ceramic Collectible
vintage german piggy bank subject telephone money ceramic collectible
$11.99
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Black  White Zebra Striped Ceramic Piggy Bank Coin Bank Vintage
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$12.49
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Vintage PIGGY BANK With FLOWERS and curly tail by C B CHINA SW ceramic country
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$11.99
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Lot Vintage Ceramic Pig Piggy Coin Bank Banks Lefton Ensenco Handmade Japan Etc
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$85.00
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Vintage ceramic SPARE MONEY bowling ball pins piggy bank black
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$9.95
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RARE Vintage Ries Japan Ceramic Piggy Bank Hand Painted MCM
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$14.98
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Vintage Ceramic Piggy Bank Gold Red Rhinestone Eyes Rhinestone Bow 45 X 3
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$9.99
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Vintage Ceramic Piggy Bank Kitschy Folk Art Hand Made Jug Shape 7 Long w Cork
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$64.95
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VINTAGE PIG EATING ON A BARREL CERAMIC PIGGY BANK
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$25.00
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Vintage Ceramic Penny Bank Roasted JAVA Coffee Money LEGO JAPAN
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$7.95
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Vintage Little Boy With Overalls Black Hat Apollo Ceramic Bank
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$7.95
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Vintage Lefton Ceramic Piggy Bank with Flowers Japan
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$14.99
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Honeymoon Suite Musical Piggy Bank vintage ceramic coin savings bank by Russ
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$14.99
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Vintage Thames Japan Hand Painted Ceramic Piggy Bank w Lock  Keys Unused
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$29.99
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vintage Coors porcelain pottery clown bank from defunct Empire Savings1930s
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$85.00
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Vintage Ceramic Pig Figurine Coin Bank Japan
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$14.99
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Franciscan Apple Pig Figurine Piggy Bank Vintage Ceramic
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$41.95
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Vintage Hand painted Ceramic Piggy bank Pig playing a guitar 6 x 4 half
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$19.43
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Cute Vintage Whistling Pig Ceramic Piggy Bank 1950s 85X6X5 Reduced
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$19.99
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Vintage Large Ceramic Standing Pig Piggy Bank
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$49.99
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Vintage Grand Canyon National Park White Ceramic Pig Piggy Bank Souvenir
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$29.97
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VINTAGE MINIATURE CERAMIC PIGGY BANK PIG JAPAN 25 high
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$9.50
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Vintage Childs Porcelain Bank Sweet Boy with Dog bird Bank for a Rainy Day
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$17.99
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Vintage Drink Coca Cola Porcelain Soda Machine Chest Venord Slider Ad Sign
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$9.99
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Donkey Bank Furry Porcelain Japan Painted Coin Bank Vtg
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$11.99
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VINTAGE LOG CABIN BANK FOR LINCOLN PENNIES MADE OF BROWN CERAMIC excellent con
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$6.00
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$10.83
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Vintage New York Black  White Ceramic Coin Piggy Bank 1986 The Paradies Shop
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$12.99
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Vintage 2000 Awesome Ceramic Cinderella Figure Piggy Bank
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$4.50
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VINTAGE NEW CERAMIC 45 COW BANK with CASH DESIGN
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$14.39
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VINTAGE PIGGY BANK CERAMIC PORCELAIN PIG MOSAIC TYPE DESIGN ASSORTED COLORS
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$5.99
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Rare Vintage Porcelain Bank By Fornsetti
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$195.00
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VINTAGE ALBERT EINSTEIN PORCELAIN BANK NO3147
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$40.00
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ceramic piggy bank vintage
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$3.31
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VINTAGE CERAMIC BABY ALPHABET BLOCK WITH BABY  BOTTLE SITTING ON TOP NEW
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$13.00
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VINTAGE CERAMIC PIG PIGGY BANK  I LOVE FLORIDA HEARTS DESIGNED 5 x 4 x 4
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$4.00
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Vintage Ceramic CUSS BANK Man Covering Mouth Painted w Stopper Dabs Japan NR
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$7.49
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Vintage ceramic piggy bank with yellow flowers and yellow tail
vintage ceramic piggy bank with yellow flowers and yellow tail
$10.00
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Vintage Old Man  Woman Grandpa  Grandma Porcelain Bank
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$49.95
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VINTAGE 6 half  LONG WORK  SAVE DONKEY WITH HAT CERAMIC COIN BANK
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$63.99
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Vintage PORCELAIN FRONT US Postage Stamp VENDING MACHINE Save Trip Post Office
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$70.00
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3 Vintage Mid Century Ceramic Piggy Banks Moneybox Vending Pigs Collectible
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$15.25
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CUTE VINTAGE 1950S CERAMIC H G DIAMOND PIGGY BANK 60 YEARS OLD
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$7.99
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Vtg PIGGY BANK PLANTER Nancy Pew Giftware Co Japan CUTE PIG ceramic handpainted
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$28.00
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Vtg Decorative Ceramic Mod Flowers Bees Pig Piggy Bank Jamie 2005
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$0.99
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Vintage Ceramic Pink Piggy Bank from the 1980s
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$24.00
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Vintage Ceramic Pig Piggy Bank Fiberfrax Standard Oil Adorable
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$3.99
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Vintage 1959 NAPKO Santa Porcelain Piggy Bank Christmas Bedford OHIO
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$14.00
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VINTAGE BUNNY RABBIT BANK PORCELAIN BLUE  WHITE ANDREA BY SADEK HAS STOPPER
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$15.00
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$0.99
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Vintage 12 Standing Pig Still Piggy Coin Bank Ceramic or Chalkware Metal Key
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$39.95
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VINTAGE SHAFFORD JAPAN BROWN FLOWER FLORAL CERAMIC TURTLE PIGGY BANK
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$23.69
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Vintage Piggy Coin Money Bank Large 18 Ceramic Golden Brown Happy EUC
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$195.00
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VINTAGE NEVER USED COLLECTIBLE CERAMIC PIGGY BANK
vintage never used collectible ceramic piggy bank
$10.00
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Vintage Ceramic Pay Telephone Piggy Bank 10 x 4 x 3 Black with decals
vintage ceramic pay telephone piggy bank 10 x 4 x 3 black with decals
$13.99
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Vintage Porcelain Pink Baby Elephant by Norcrest A14 4 with tags
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$29.99
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Vintage Coin Bank 1974 Sears Roebuck and Co Retro Ceramic Football Player
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$8.99
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Vintage ALMAK CREATIONS Ceramic Hand Painted Pin Money PURSE STILL BANK
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$19.99
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VINTAGE CERAMIC SHELF SITTER PIGGY BANK
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$24.99
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Very Cute Vintage Japan Porcelain Frog II Coin Bank NICE LOOK
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$7.99
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Vintage Ceramic Bank World Gospel Crusades Blue Green Color
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$17.99
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1950 s Vintage Money Bag Red Ceramic Piggy Bank made in Japan by Lego Chipped
1950 s vintage money bag red ceramic piggy bank made in japan by lego chipped
$5.00
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vintage royal copley ceramic pig or piggy bank
vintage royal copley ceramic pig or piggy bank
$15.50
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Vintage 1950s Ceramic Piggy Bank Pig In A Barrel Still Bank Japan Old Blue Label
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$7.95
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Vintage Hand Crafted Ceramic Penguin Coin Bank Otagiri Japan
vintage hand crafted ceramic penguin coin bank otagiri japan
$25.00
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Vintage Pig Piggy Bank Glazed Ceramic piggy sitting in a pot of gold
vintage pig piggy bank glazed ceramic piggy sitting in a pot of gold
$19.00
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Vintage Original Ceramic BASEBALL BANK 45X45 No Bat
vintage original ceramic baseball bank 45x45 no bat
$13.92
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Vintage Red Roller Skate Ceramic Change Coin Bank
vintage red roller skate ceramic change coin bank
$9.99
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For My Mink Piggy Coin Bank Italy 1962 Handpainted Ceramic Vintage
for my mink piggy coin bank italy 1962 handpainted ceramic vintage
$19.98
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Vintage Handpainted Ceramic Soccer Ball Piggy Bank With Red Base
vintage handpainted ceramic soccer ball piggy bank with red base
$24.99
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2 Vintage Ceramic In Case of Emercency Banks LOOK
2 vintage ceramic in case of emercency banks look
$35.00
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Vintage Ceramic Piggy Bank Pink Bow Closed Eyes Impressed Flowers
vintage ceramic piggy bank pink bow closed eyes impressed flowers
$5.50
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Vtg Porcelain baby doll
vtg porcelain baby doll
$6.50
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Vtg Porcelain dolls
vtg porcelain dolls
$9.75
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Vintage Ceramic Adorable Duckling Bank
vintage ceramic adorable duckling bank
$9.00
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Vintage Porcelain Blue  White Rabbit Bank Andrea By Sadek Original Stopper
vintage porcelain blue white rabbit bank andrea by sadek original stopper
$28.00
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Vintage Lefton Ceramic Piggy Bank with Flowers Japan
vintage lefton ceramic piggy bank with flowers japan
$4.99
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Norman Rockwell Vintage Ceramic Piggy Coin Bank Carefree Autumn Spring Fever
norman rockwell vintage ceramic piggy coin bank carefree autumn spring fever
$24.99
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Coin bank Made in Japan ceramic house with squirrel vintage
coin bank made in japan ceramic house with squirrel vintage
$19.99
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vintage ceramic piggy bank
vintage ceramic piggy bank
$42.00
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Vintage Ceramic Sailor Boy Piggy Bank Made in Italy
vintage ceramic sailor boy piggy bank made in italy
$11.99
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VINTAGE CERAMIC SADDLE SHOE BANK YELLOW  BLACK FINEST SPECIALTY JAPAN
vintage ceramic saddle shoe bank yellow black finest specialty japan
$12.00
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ADORABLE VNTG CERAMIC FOR MY CADILLAC PIG PIGGY BANK AMERICAN BISQUE
adorable vntg ceramic for my cadillac pig piggy bank american bisque
$11.99
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Vintage Ceramic Piggy Planter Decorative Collectible
vintage ceramic piggy planter decorative collectible
$15.00
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RARE VINTAGE PORCELAIN CERAMIC PIG PIGGY BANK WITH STOPPER LIGHT YELLOW COLOR
rare vintage porcelain ceramic pig piggy bank with stopper light yellow color
$18.95
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Vtg 1950s Boxer dog ceramic pottery coin bank with lock
vtg 1950s boxer dog ceramic pottery coin bank with lock
$24.99
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Adorable His Her Monkey Ceramic Bank vintage
adorable his her monkey ceramic bank vintage
$14.99
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Vintage Andrea by sadek Ceramic Surfers Beach Car Coin Bank with Green Surfboard
vintage andrea by sadek ceramic surfers beach car coin bank with green surfboard
$21.95
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KM77570 RETRO BROWN RADIO BANK VINTAGE TRANSISTER CERAMIC STATUE DECOR
km77570 retro brown radio bank vintage transister ceramic statue decor
$29.99
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Vintage 1940s Pinmoney Porcelain Purse Bank
vintage 1940s pinmoney porcelain purse bank
$17.00
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Ceramic Piggy Bank Pig Still Coin Purple Orange Stars Vintage
ceramic piggy bank pig still coin purple orange stars vintage
$14.99
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Retro Sitting Pig Ceramic Piggy Bank Vintage Coin Light Brown Blue Bow
retro sitting pig ceramic piggy bank vintage coin light brown blue bow
$14.99
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Vintage Ceramic Bank Indiana State Symbols Souvenir Hand Painted Coin Pig
vintage ceramic bank indiana state symbols souvenir hand painted coin pig
$14.99
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Vintage Ceramic Coin Bank Slot Machine Las Vegas Souvenir Gambling
vintage ceramic coin bank slot machine las vegas souvenir gambling
$9.99
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Vtg Pink Ceramic Piggy Bank Coin Still Pig Hand Painted
vtg pink ceramic piggy bank coin still pig hand painted
$14.99
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Vintage Unique Ceramic Whimsical Painted Pig Piggy Bank
vintage unique ceramic whimsical painted pig piggy bank
$22.22
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Vintage Ceramic Pink Piggy Bank
vintage ceramic pink piggy bank
$7.00
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Classic Vintage Red Bubble Gum 50 Gumballs Included Candy Dispenser Machine Bank
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$11.78
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VINTAGE BLUE RED CERAMIC PIG PIGGY BANK SOUVENIR COLUMBUS OHIO
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$8.00
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VINTAGE CERAMIC TEDDY BEAR BANK Hand painted Brown Overalls
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$13.29
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RARE Vintage Prado Porcelana by Columbia Saint St Joseph  Jesus Statue Figurine
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$22.99
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VINTAGE MID CENTURY CERAMIC DUCK ASH TRAY CIGARETTE TOBACCO  Holder 1960s
vintage mid century ceramic duck ash tray cigarette tobacco holder 1960s
$24.99
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LOT 12 Vintage 1950s Porcelain Chopstick Holder Rest 6 Blue Fish 6 Boat Japan
lot 12 vintage 1950s porcelain chopstick holder rest 6 blue fish 6 boat japan
$23.00
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Vintage Old Couple Figurines Japan Porcelain Bisque Our Own Exports Sticker
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$69.00
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RARE Vintage US Commemorative Fine Art Gallery Porcelain Birds on Tree Bole
rare vintage us commemorative fine art gallery porcelain birds on tree bole
$24.00
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Vintage SOCONY Porcelain Class 3 Liquids Sign 4 half By 7
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$99.00
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Vintage 60s Rustic Home Shadow Box Collage Display Satsuma Porcelain Copper
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$21.55
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Vtg 2pc set Nell 1968 3d ceramic fruit wall plate plaque apple grape pineapple
vtg 2pc set nell 1968 3d ceramic fruit wall plate plaque apple grape pineapple
$29.99
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Vintage 4pc set pink rose floral small 35 ashtrays 22 karat gold porcelain Y
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$40.00
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VINTAGE 55 CERAMIC TERRA COTTA BROWN GREEN TURTLE REAR END ASHTRAY JAPAN X
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$24.99
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Vtg pink rose porcelain Favorite Things music box covered trinket mother poem Y
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$49.99
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3 MINOU ETTES Porcelain CAT Coasters kitten kitty Pradalie 4 PORTUGAL vintage
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$21.00
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Pair 2 Appleton Porcelain Pendant Industrial Green Enamel Barn Lights Vintage
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$225.00
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VTG 85 COLONIAL WOMAN WITH GLOVES FIGURINE DECORATIVE CERAMIC BISQUE 4321
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$26.99
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Vtg Old Set 9 Mini White China Porcelain Ceramic Sm Dish Soy Sauce Dishes
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$24.85
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Vintage SHOFU Japan Elephant African Lusterware Trinket Box Larger Ceramic
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$24.95
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RETRO VINTAGE BLACK WOMAN AA NUDE WOMAN ASHTRAY PINK CERAMIC
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$24.95
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VINTAGE LOS ANGELES POTTERY MUSTARD YELLOW CERAMIC CAT COOKIE JAR
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$64.95
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Vintage ENESCO Pink Cherry Blossom Ceramic Tea Pot Hand Painted Japan
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$38.95
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Vintage 1981 Enesco Garfield You Need It When Ceramic Figurine
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$44.95
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Vintage Garfield Ceramic Trivet Tile Wood Frame Table Picture Christmas
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$21.95
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Vintage Porcelain Shaving Mug Cup Lusterware WHITE GREEN floral gold gilding
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$24.95
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Vintage ARNART of Japan Porcelain Figurine Woman Blue Dress Victorian
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$24.95
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Rare Vintage 1981 Enesco Garfield Cat I QUIT Figurine Ceramic
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$24.95
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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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