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Local building society’s keyless moneybox

By dan shaw  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

  • Brass moneybox with slots for coins but no key

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IT was a picture in Bugle 1066, a 1935 advert for the Brierley Hill and Stourbridge Incorporated Building Society, that caught the eye of Barbara Jones of Wordsley, because she has her own piece of related memorabilia, which she kindly brought along to the Bugle office.

It is this brass moneybox issued to members of the building society in the late 19th or early 20th century.

The money box has been well-polished over the years, wearing away the writing cast on the top of the box, but it is still possible to make out the name.

Barbara bought the moneybox a couple of years ago at an antiques shop. It has slots in its sides, for notes, shillings, florins, sixpences, threepences, and the last for pennies or half-crowns, with markings to show how much has been collected.

Interestingly, there is no key to the moneybox; you had to take the box along to a branch of the building society where they would have opened it for you and presumably depositing your savings in your account.

The box was made in Birmingham by the brass-founders John Jewsbury and Co. Ltd. The business was established in 1883 and in 1933 it took over Pearson- Page. After the Second World War it became known as Peerage Brass.

The Brierley Hill and Stourbridge Incorporated Building Society was founded in 1849 and remained independent until it amalgamated with the Leamington Spa Building Society in 1979.

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