Jolly Nigger Bank

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Identifier

KKBOC0010

Title

Jolly Nigger Bank

Description

Castiron coin bank made to resemble blackface caricature of a black person. The figure has an arm outstretched which acts as a lever. When raised, the arm 'opens' the figure's mouth (by removing the 'tongue') and causes its eyes to roll back in its head. The figure wears a red buttondown shirt with a golden bowtie. Its skin is painted almost completely black, with large red lips and white teeth. On the back of the figure is a safety lever, which operates the arm mechanism as well. On the figure's back the words "Jolly Nigger Bank" are raised and painted white. The bottom bears the manufacturer's name: John Harper & Co., England.

Creator

John Harper & Co

Type

Koloniale Boekjes en Artefacten

Relation

Collection of colonial booklets, memorabilia, etc. from around the world.

Source

The Black Archives

Format

Piggy Bank

Subject

Black Caricature

Coverage

Buttondown Shirt, Bow Tie

Date

c.1880-1890?

Contributor

England

Physical Dimensions

11x13x15

Country of Production

England

Place of Production

Willenhall

Keywords

Piggy Bank, Caricature, Jolly Nigger

Rightholder

John Harper & Co

Archived By

Richard Weaver

Oral History

Doing research during the archiving process - Richard discovered that it was actually manufactured at an industrial estate close to his hometown of Walsall in a town called Willenhall.

Bibliography

https://www.prices4antiques.com/Mechanical-Bank-John-Harper-Jolly-Black-Man-Rolling-Eyes-D9816706.html
http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/locks/gazetteer/harper.htm

Citation

John Harper & Co, “Jolly Nigger Bank,” The Black Archives, accessed November 26, 2022, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/11.
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