Category Archives: children

Vintage Ceramic Swear Jar or Cuss Box Coin Bank with Appalachian Hillbilly Motif – Made in Japan

This is a quaint vintage ceramic swear jar, or ‘Cuss Box’ coin bank with an Appalachian hillbilly motif that was made in Japan. This penny bank is molded like a cross cut section of pine tree with pine cones decorating it, as well as the following poem:

Cuss Box
Cussin ain’t the nicest thing
And friends fer you it shore don’t bring
But, if you really gotta sayem
Heres the way you hafta payem!

This could be an effective part of some people’s economic improvement plan!

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

This is a vintage Disney Mary Poppins melmac plate made by Sun Valley. This plate is part of a set that was released as part of the original movie merchandise that accompanied the release of the film in theatres.

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Children’s Thermos Made in Czechoslovakia – Glass and Tin

This vintage children’s thermos was made in Czechoslovakia by Clara and is decorated with an Inuit child and an African child.

Vintage Children's Thermos Made in Czechoslovakia - Glass and Tin

Cast Iron Single Car Garage Still Bank – for Pin Money!

Cast Iron House Still Bank

Antique Cast Iron Still Bank

Cast iron coin banks have an interesting history. They became popular in America in the mid-1800’s among children. They were also used by housewives to save up ‘pin money’, something my grandmother liked to have on hand for ‘this and that’, but mostly I think for purchasing butter tarts for her grandson… I have heard of other grandparents that also used these small banks for collecting coins from grandchildren that used inappropriate words!

This is a cast iron One Car Garage coin bank with a blue painted roof and gold walls, listed online here. You can check out an online cast iron bank guide here.

A Conical-shaped Ice Cream Scooper from 1914

Gilchrist Ice Cream Scoop No. 33

This is a No.33 Gilchrist Automatic Ice Cream Disher made of nickle plated brass with a wooden handle. It is one of the rare ‘conical bowl’ types, produced in 1914. This company was owned and operated by Raymond B. Gilchrist,   born in New Jersey around 1866, and married around 1881 to his Canadian-born wife Agnes.  He owned his own business, The Gilchrist Co. in Newark, New Jersey  from 1902 until 1926 and manufactured hardware specialty items such as Ice Cream Scoops, cork pullers and ice picks used in soda fountain shops during that era.

Soda Fountains and Malt Shops used this item, a history of which you may read here.

The release mechanism on this device is quite a marvel and adds even more enjoyment to the sharing of ice cream. Just imagine your grandparents slipping away on a Sunday to go for a date to the counter at the drug store or ice cream parlour and sharing a tasty treat prepared with this fancy contraption!

Gilchrist Ice Cream Scoop No. 33

Gilchrist Ice Cream Scoop No. 33

Gilchrist Ice Cream Scoop No. 33

Gilchrist Ice Cream Scoop No. 33 - detail

With a 10 ounce scoop!

Bunnykins! Shooting for the Stars

This Bunnykins baby bowl is, I think, the second run of the Shooting for the Stars pattern from 1984. It was first created by Royal Doulton in 1967. What a playful take on the space race!

Bunnykins Bowl Shooting for the Stars

Bunnykins Bowl - "Shooting for the Stars"

The Bunnykins pattern was created in 1934 by Sister Mary Barbara Bailey, daughter of Cuthbert Bailey, general manager of Royal Doulton’s factory at Burslem, in Stoke-on-Trent.

There are pictures of me eating my first Christmas dinner from my Bunnykins bowl somewhere. It made me feel so grown up!

Bunnykins Bowl Shooting for the Stars

Bunnykins Bowl - "Shooting for the Stars"