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WOW Nice Vintage Ceramic Painted Unusual Dopey CLOWN Piggy Bank RARE
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$26.10
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Lot of 2 Vintage Ceramic Or Pottery Pig Piggy Banks Pink and Painted Grey Cork
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$60.00
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Vintage Norcrest Male Chauvinist Pig Bank
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$9.99
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Vintage Liberty Bell Ceramic Coin Bank Handcrafted Signed 1975 55 H 2425
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$15.95
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Vintage ceramic Piggy Bank Collectible Made in Taiwan
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$5.99
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Vintage Ceramic Winnings Bank
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$9.99
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VTG White Kitty Cat Ceramic Coin Bank With Stopper Taiwan Blue Bow 4 3 8 Tall
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$9.50
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Vintage Harvard University Porcelain Pig Piggybank Piggy Bank Gold Trim
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$49.99
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Vintage Ceramic Pig Piggy Bank Fiberfrax Standard Oil Adorable
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$5.99
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Ceramic House Building Scene Hand Painted Piggy Bank Vintage
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$11.70
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Vintage Ceramic PENNSYLVANIA BATTALION 1775 Solider Americana Bank
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$7.99
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Vintage Large Piggy Bank Ceramic Pig with Pacifier Figurine Black
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$11.50
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$6.95
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Vintage Ceramic Pottery Golf Ball Coin Bank Golf Lovers Gift
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$9.99
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Vintage Folk Art Ceramic Pottery Pig Bank Blue Brown Glaze
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$19.99
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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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Vintage Porcelain Piggy Bank Saving For Our Trip Two People On Moped
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$26.00
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Vintage BILLIKEN Ceramic Bank Victoria Ceramics Japan 725 tall RARE
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$18.00
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VINTAGE UNIQUE ANTHROPORMORPHIC CELERY BANK w GUITAR 5 CERAMIC FOOD ANTHRO
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$16.99
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VINTAGE PORCELAIN PUPPY DOG BANK 1940S 1950S
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$12.99
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Colorful Vintage 1970s OSL Japan Holiday Fair Ceramic Coin Bank Little Girl
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$8.99
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Vintage 1950s For my Cadillac Pig Ceramic Porcelain Piggy Bank Coin Still VG
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$37.99
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FAT ROLLS HAPPY PIG VINTAGE CERAMIC SPOTTED DOTED POTTERY PIGGY BANK 5 TALL
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$9.99
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Vintage human Skull coin piggy Bank ceramic stopper cracks design antique white
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$34.62
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Redware Ceramic Pig Piggy Bank Cold Painted Straw Hat 6 half  x 4 half x5 Vintage
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$21.99
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Vintage Super CUTE CERAMIC IRIDESCENT SWIRL GLAZE FLORAL PIGGY BANK Japan
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$26.80
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Beautiful  Perfect Vintage Seafirst Bank Seattle Cobalt Blue Ceramic Piggy Bank
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$11.99
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Vintage Clay Ceramic 1913 Chevrolet Figurine Japan Original Vintage
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$10.95
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Vintage Bergschrund Seattle Porcelain Bank Blue White House 6 H VG Cond RARE
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$14.00
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VINTAGE BOB JONES UNIVERSITY BJU CERAMIC PIGGY BANK WITH SHIELD EMBLEM GOLD
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$18.99
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CERAMIC PIGGY BANK MAY be VINTAGE
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$9.99
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VINTAGE PRAYING HANDS LORDS PRAYER CERAMIC COIN BANK JAPAN LK
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$6.99
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Vintage Retro Mid Century Red Ceramic Flower Pig Figurine Piggy Bank HA Japan
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$10.00
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Vintage N D Hand Painted  Vacation Fund  Ceramic Piggy Bank Jar  BEAUTIFUL
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$24.99
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Vintage Ultraman Robot Porcelain Piggy Bank Japan b2
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$9.99
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE BANKCOLLECTIBLECERAMIC MOUSEVERY CUTE
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$7.95
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VINTAGE CERAMIC ROYAL COPLEY 7 half  PIGGY BANK FOR MY MINK
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$19.99
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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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Vintage Ceramic Classic Piggy Bank with a Kim Kardashian Booty
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$49.99
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Pr Paint Decorated Vintage FLAT IRON SHAPE Porcelain Wall Hanging Coin Bank
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$11.99
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Concepts in Time Red Ceramic Phone Booth Money Bank Vintage Old London Piggy 6
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$14.99
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Lot 11 Ceramic and Plastic Piggy Banks Souvenir Avon Clear Pink Collection Vtg
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$55.00
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Vintage 1940s Ceramic Coin Dime Pig Piggy Bank post WWII 425 CUTE FACE pink wh
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$14.88
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I have a vintage ceramic piggy bank in relief with original stopper Its cool
i have a vintage ceramic piggy bank in relief with original stopper its cool
$25.00
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Vintage 1929 Speedway State Bank  07 Steams  09 Winston Six Porcelain Trays
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$49.00
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VINTAGE CERAMIC BOWLING BALL and PIN STILL COIN BANK cartoon man and strike
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$17.99
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RARE Vintage Ceramic 1913 Liberty Indian Head Buffalo Nickel Holland Mold 1975
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$15.00
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Vintage Bisque Porcelain 7  Piano Baby Coin Bank
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$17.89
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VINTAGE CERAMIC BILLIKIN BANK W ORIGINAL RUBBER PLUG
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$23.99
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VINTAGE 1981 OTAGIRI VICTORIAN HOUSE HAND PAINTED CERAMIC BANK
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$4.98
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Vintage Enesco Ceramic Cleat Money Piggy Bank Football Soccer Shoe Blue Yellow
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$19.97
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Vintage 1950s Calico Ceramic Piggy Bank Pig In Barrel Bank JAPAN Old Blue Label
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$7.50
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Piggy Bank Vintage NAPCOWARE Rare Pink Pig  Blue Ceramic Pig Coin Bank lot of 2
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$30.00
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VTG COLLECTIBLE PORCELAIN PIGGY BANK 7 SIGILLUM UNIVERSTATIS TUFTENSIS PAX
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$29.95
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Vtg Ceramic Slot Machine COIN BANK w Stopper Biloxi Miss Triple 7s
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$15.99
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Vintage Netherlands Bank Note Ceramic Coin Bank Tien Gulden Savings Bank
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$33.00
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VTG Alcogaga Money Still Bank Antique Phone Racing Horse Ceramic White
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$9.99
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VINTAGEESTATECERAMICCUTE TURTLE WITH YELLOW DOTSBANKJAPAN
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$24.99
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Vtg Ceramaster Bank Retirement Fund Ceramic Old Man Rocking Chair Pipe Dog 2865
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$9.90
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Vtg Ceramaster Bank Retirement Fund Bank Ceramic Old Woman Knitting Cat 2864
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$9.90
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Vintage Ceramic Bicentennial Pig Still Piggy Bank Philadelphia PA 1976 Japan
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$14.99
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VINTAGECERAMICCUTE LITTLE GIRL IN GREEN DRESSBANK
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$18.99
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Vintage Barrel Of Money Coin Bank Ceramic 8 long
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$10.95
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Vintage Otagiri 5 Tall Ceramic Victorian House Bank Japan 1981
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$14.95
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Vintage Santa Claus Ceramic Coin Bank Christmas Tree and Red Bird
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$14.99
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Vintage Bank Seamans Bank for Savings McCoy Porcelain Co for Frank Goss
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$45.00
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VINTAGE porcelain COIN bank piggy bank clock bank
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$12.99
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VINTAGECERAMICSOUVENIR ATLANTIC CITYPIECE OF CAKEBANK
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$19.99
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VINTAGECERAMICSTUMP WITH BLUE BIRDSHOPEBANK
vintageceramicstump with blue birdshopebank
$19.99
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VINTAGECERAMICYELLOW FLOWERED PIGGY BANK JAPAN
vintageceramicyellow flowered piggy bank japan
$24.99
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VINTAGECERAMICHAND PAINTED FLOWEREDPIGBANK
vintageceramichand painted floweredpigbank
$19.99
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VINTAGE ADVERTISING PIGGY BANK USPA IRA CERAMIC WITH ORIGINAL STOPPER
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$19.99
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Vintage Bluebird Porcelain Bank with Stopper Rhinestone Eyes Marked CB
vintage bluebird porcelain bank with stopper rhinestone eyes marked cb
$20.00
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Vintage Panda Bank Porcelain
vintage panda bank porcelain
$8.09
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Vintage Painted Ceramic Handpainted Piggy Bank Carnival Fair
vintage painted ceramic handpainted piggy bank carnival fair
$19.99
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Vintage Ceramic Piggy Bank Pig with Red Bow unmarked Cute
vintage ceramic piggy bank pig with red bow unmarked cute
$24.99
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RARE VINTAGE APOLLO MOON BANK spaceship astronaut RARE Porcelain
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$12.98
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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 Large Ceramic Baseball Piggy Bank 9 x 75
vintage large ceramic baseball piggy bank 9 x 75
$39.95
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Vintage Piggy Bank Glazed Ceramic Taiwan Hand Painted Decor Collectible Money
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$21.95
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Vintage Ceramic NEST EGG Piggy Coin Bank Figure Money Baby Gift
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$16.14
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Porcelain Vintage Outhouse Japan
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$5.00
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Vintage Blonde Hair Girl With a Hat from Switzerland Ceramic Coin Piggy Bank
vintage blonde hair girl with a hat from switzerland ceramic coin piggy bank
$5.00
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Vintage Blonde Hair Girl W Bonnet France Ceramic Coin Piggy Bank
vintage blonde hair girl w bonnet france ceramic coin piggy bank
$5.00
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Vintage Lego Ceramic Roasted Java Coffee Bank
vintage lego ceramic roasted java coffee bank
$25.00
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adorable ceramic vintage book shaped Advice To Parents A Boy Baby bank Rubens
adorable ceramic vintage book shaped advice to parents a boy baby bank rubens
$7.99
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VINTAGE CERAMIC CHROME GLAZED STYLIZED PIGGY BANK 9 X 6 X 5 INCHES
vintage ceramic chrome glazed stylized piggy bank 9 x 6 x 5 inches
$9.99
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TEDDY BEAR BANK PORCELAIN CERAMIC VTG
teddy bear bank porcelain ceramic vtg
$10.20
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Vtg Delft Shoe Clog Coin Bank White with Blue 5 inch Porcelain Windmill
vtg delft shoe clog coin bank white with blue 5 inch porcelain windmill
$6.96
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Vintage Duck Decoy Bank Hand Painted Porcelain Mallard Desk Paperweight
vintage duck decoy bank hand painted porcelain mallard desk paperweight
$10.00
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Beehive Coin Bank Bobble Bees on Springs Ceramic Vintage Japan Money Makes Honey
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$42.50
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Vintage Ceramic Red Fire hydrant Bank Hand Painted Take a LK
vintage ceramic red fire hydrant bank hand painted take a lk
$8.00
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Vintage BABY ELEPHANT COIN BANK Porcelain Japan 4 half  X 3 Small
vintage baby elephant coin bank porcelain japan 4 half x 3 small
$9.90
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Dumont Television TV Bank Rare Vintage Ceramic Bank
dumont television tv bank rare vintage ceramic bank
$45.00
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Rare Vintage Tilso Made in Japan Ceramic Piggy Bank Pig in Mint Condition
rare vintage tilso made in japan ceramic piggy bank pig in mint condition
$39.99
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VINTAGE 1979 OTAGIRI VICTORIAN HOUSE CERAMIC BANK HAND PAINTED
vintage 1979 otagiri victorian house ceramic bank hand painted
$9.99
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A PAIR OF VINTAGE CERAMIC PIG PIGGY BANKS
a pair of vintage ceramic pig piggy banks
$15.00
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GUMPS Vintage Ceramic Piggy Bank Very Cute
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$25.00
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Vintage I Love Nags Head NC White Ceramic Coin Pig Piggy Bank Souvenir
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$29.97
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PIGGY BANK Happy Pig and Frogs Sitting on a Log Vintage Ceramic Retro Coin Bank
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$24.99
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PORCELAIN VINTAGE PHILLIPS 66 NO SMOKING SIGN GAS MOTOR OIL TIRE
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$89.99
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Vintage CRACKER JACK Porcelain Enamel Rusted STEEL SIGN 12x6
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$35.00
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Vintage Enamel porcelain Watling Rol A Top slot machine sign
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$65.00
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Vintage Porcelain Bisque Woman Figurine Japanese
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$25.00
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Pair Of Vintage Porcelain Cherub Figural Lamps on Ornate golden metal bases
pair of vintage porcelain cherub figural lamps on ornate golden metal bases
$195.00
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Vintage Lusterware Glazed Porcelain Lion Figurine Made in Brazil
vintage lusterware glazed porcelain lion figurine made in brazil
$27.99
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Porcelain Cat Statue Hand Painted Blue and White Floral 3x8 WR Holland vtg
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$37.99
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Vintage Peanuts Snoopy Music Box Willitts Design Im Sitting On Top Of The World
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$48.65
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Vintage McCoy USA Fortune Cookies Cookie Jar Antique Ceramic
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$24.99
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HAMMS BEER VINTAGE BEAR COFFEE MUGNEVER USED 8 OUNCE
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$24.95
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Vintage Numbered Porcelain Alligator Figural Toothpick Holder Engraved Germany
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$24.90
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Vintage 1978 Enesco Garfield Christmas Mug Fill it  Or Else
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$29.95
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Vintage Christmas Angel Porcelain Head Hands with Wings Fiber Optic Tree Topper
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$22.00
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Vintage Asian Chinese White Porcelain Foo Dog Mint Cond65 By 45
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$22.00
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Vintage Black Cat Ceramic Figurine Sitting Green Eyes Taiwan
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$24.99
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RARE VINTAGE CERAMIC JAPAN EARL BERNARD WOMAN HUNTER SAFARI JUNGLE BANK POTTERY
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$35.00
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Pair of Vtg Porcelain Ceramic Asian Lamps 19 inch 3 Way Exotic Birds Bonsai
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$49.96
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Vintage Hand Painted Porcelain Toothpick Box
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$27.89
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Vintage Gerold Porzellan Bavaria German Porcelain Figurine 490half Boy With Goats
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$48.00
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Vintage Porcelain Royal Staffordshire Trinket Box
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$49.00
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Vintage Spain Zaphir Lladro My Playful Puppy Porcelain Figurine
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$49.00
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GEISHA Girl Tea Cups Vintage Porcelain SAKI Wine Cup Signed Characters MCI Japan
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$22.50
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VINTAGE PORCELAIN IMARI BOX SMB1 PLAYING CARD CARD DECK SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE
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$36.50
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Vintage 8 pc Hand Painted Ceramic Canister Set Barrels Floral 2983 55
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$40.00
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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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