No. R-101 - Coconut Bank
Rare Find - 1920's - $325.00

A coconut bank is a unusual form of Mexican prison art that flourished from the early 1900's up to WWII. It was said to have started in an infamous prison in Veracruz and spread to other prisons throughout Mexico. Coconuts were carved natural brown or burned like this one to produce the black color. The carving was done with nails, wire or pieces of glass. The decorations were done in bits of sea shell, bone or buttons.

This bank is a fine example of this type of folk art. It is intricately carved with a face that has a large mustache and chin beard, the opening for the coins has an angel carved or each side. The flowers are poinsettia, a native flower of Mexico. The most intriguing carving is the man, he has on a hat and is wearing charro pants. His arms are arranged in such a way, that he is giving some sort of signal. I wish I knew what his message was.

The bank is in excellent vintage condition. Some wear on outside, but no cracks. The carving is still sharp and color not worn. Best of all, the eyes and all the tiny teeth are still there (it is common for them to be missing). This is a premium piece that will grow in value, truly a rare find. It measures 4 1/4" wide by 4 1/2" long.

The bank is sitting on a emu egg pedestal and that will be included with the purchase

The item will ship at 3 pounds for $11.50 postage. Postage includes extra weight for packing, any excess postage charged will be refunded to buyer's Paypal account.


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