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A beautiful pale grey glass Holmegaard piggy bank...
The design is supposedly by Per Lütken although very similar to those by Jacob E Bang (so could be by either) for Holmegaard, Denmark. It was designed in 1954 for IRMA supermarket, Denmark, and originally came filled with raw rice as a novelty rice dispenser/shaker. When it was empty, you could take it back to IRMA and have the back cut in a slot for coins. I believe this little fellow is 1960s/1970s vintage, handmade moulded glass. Very similar to the other Holmegaard coloured glass pigs with the dimples. No maker's marks.
Quite scarce as the only way to empty them is to smash them! Therefore unused. 
9.5cm tall x 15cm long. 
Nice displayable, collectable and presentable condition with not many signs of age. Some natural dimples and bubbles. Areas of the money slot look slightly chipped with nibbles and sharp edges, but this is from the cutting/manufacturing process. Please see last picture. I'd give it a 9/10.
Perfect for a mid-century home. More for display for a grown-up, than for a child's toy - although it would look fab out of reach in a nursery!
Free P&P to the UK.

Holmegaard glass piggy bank, by Per Lütken for IRMA. Danish vintage retro grey

£35.00 Regular Price
£31.50Sale Price
  • money, mid-century, Modernist, Scandinavian, children's, nursery, Danish, ornament, Cascade, Jacob E Bang, dispenser, storage, 1960s
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