Antique Bank Montreal City & District Rare French !!

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 16, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House







You are invited to bid on an authentic, antique Montreal City and District Savings Bank.

Originally given to children to encourage saving, this beautiful bank is chrome or nickel-plated.

As can be seen in the photos, t is some tarnish around the coin slot, and on the underside of one arm of the handle. Other than this,it is in good shape.... the great thing is that it is a rare French Edition.

T is a slot on the top for coins and an opening at the side for bills...

And when it was full, you had to go to the bank to have it opened...thus no key..!

Bank measures 4.5" X 3.5" X 2.5"

No box....

Serial number on bottom..

If you are interested...a brief history....

A century ago this midsummer, the Montreal City and District Savings Bank was established. Designed to assist "the little people," the Bank probably played a more vital rôle in the lives of Montrealers than did many larger and better-advertized enterprises. The Montreal City and District Savings Bank was founded under the patronage of Msgr. Bourget, the second Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal . This circumstance, combined with others, gave it the character of a Catholic institution, at least in popular imagination. The association of Catholics with the Bank warrants examination, for it throws considerable light on their economic and social position in Montreal . The purpose of this paper is to trace the history of the Bank during the first twenty-five years of its existence, that is to say, between 1846 and 1871. Throughout this period, the City and District Savings Bank was constituted as a benefit society. The significance of this term will be explained later. It provides the key to the understanding of the Bank, and it provides, also, a continuity to the study. In 1871, at the end of the period, the Bank was re-organized as a joint-stock company. Its history after that point, forms no part of this paper, for it becomes, as they say, quite another story. (1)

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