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
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.