Money box; New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank (New Zealander, estab. 1876); XO...

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Ophir Post Office

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Money box

About this object

Money box; rectangular shape with rounded narrow sides. Made from metal with a hinged handle at the top. Attached to the front face by three rivets is a circular plate with the emblem of the New Zealand Post Office which consists of an heraldic shield with a lion and flag on top, Britannia at the left and a Maori figure at the right, and the text ONWARD beneath. On the reverse is another plate with the text NEW ZEALAND / POST OFFICE / SAVINGS BANK. On the handle is engraved 23135 and on the top of the box FISCUS LTD. The base has an esutcheon (key not present). On the left narrow edge is a money slot.

The Post Office Savings Bank was an important service offered by the local post office from the 1860s. In many small towns and isolated rural communities it was one of the only financial services available. Due to legislation which restricted the rights of other savings banks, by the mid-1950s the Post Office Savings Bank controlled around 80% of the personal savings market.

For more information about Ophir Post Office, which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Maker

New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank (New Zealander, estab. 1876)

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Medium and Materials

metal

Measurements

7.2 x 9.7 x 5.2cm

Credit Line

Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Money box

Object number

XOPO.52

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K Langford 14 Sep 2016 07:54 AM,UTC

http://vernon.npdc.govt.nz/search.do?db=object&view=detail&id=174434

Linda McPadden 14 Nov 2015 02:19 AM,UTC

Hi , I also have one I am going to sell its A New Zealand one but made in Ediswan England .It is exactly the same as the one above but has 8543 stamped on it . The reason people dont have a key is they didnt give you one . My grandfather was a Postmaster and mum remembers people had to go in to the Post Office and they unlocked it .

Alison 02 Nov 2015 05:46 AM,UTC

I have one of these money boxes no key and has a stamp saying
Richareson McCabe @ Co Ltd
Wellington
Sole Agent for
New Zealand
R.H.BURMAN and the number is 74638

Is it valuable if so how much would i get for it please.

Alison 02 Nov 2015 05:44 AM,UTC

I have one of these money boxes no key and has a stamp saying
Richareson McCabe @ Co Ltd
Wellington
Sole Agent for
New Zealand
R.H.BURMAN and the number is 74638

Alison 02 Nov 2015 05:44 AM,UTC

I have one of these money boxes no key and has a stamp saying
Richareson McCabe @ Co Ltd
Wellington
Sole Agent for
New Zealand
R.H.BURMAN and the number is 74638

thomas 29 Aug 2015 15:09 PM,UTC

Hi,

I'm a collector of money boxes. It is a very nice one and hope to add one of these money to my collection.

yours thomas - goldbaer-junior at web.de

Diane Hay 13 Jul 2015 05:36 AM,UTC

I have one of these also - 8878 and understand that I will have to get a locksmith to open it and make a key. I would actually like to sell it - does anyone know if there is any demand for these old money Boxes?

Jeff 11 Oct 2013 07:22 AM,UTC

I have found one of these money boxes however the engraving on the top states the manufacturer is Richardson McCabe & Co Ltd, Wellington, Sole Agents For New Zealand. Below this is RH Burman Ltd. The number on the handle is 85008.
The money box has a small round hole below the coin slot for Bank Notes, is this standard? Are these worth much?

Bob 02 Feb 2013 03:15 AM,UTC

My money box is numbered 59469 and is locked, but the coins rattle. Would love to open it so if Cedric can send the A4 outlines, I'll get a key made, and then let you know the age of the coins.

Eddy in Adelaide 06 Jan 2013 12:28 PM,UTC

It was produced circa 1915.Fiscus was a UK ammunition maker,and the metal used same as heavy weaponry.I have one in better condition than the scan.Also the original box.(Plain: black, thick gauge ,lined ,cardboard).No key though.

Don 03 Nov 2012 04:38 AM,UTC

I to have one the same, Number on handle is 3962. Our key was lost but would like to get hold of another.

Cedric again in Townsville OZ 26 Jul 2012 13:36 PM,UTC

I have scanned my keys with measurements (A4 print) for an enquirer.
Can email it for others to take to local locksmith.

Cedric in Townsville OZ 02 May 2012 09:19 AM,UTC

My moneybox nr.81126 is same quality as above photo. I went to Locksmith - he opened it ok & built new keys (not easy) cost me A$37.
I could get duplicates cut for anyone interested ??
cabby503-proms@yahoo.com.au
because it will be a universal fit.
Cedric 02may2012

EDDIE MELVILLE 22 Mar 2012 22:38 PM,UTC

I HAVE THE EXACT SAME BOX WHICH HAS BEEN IN MY FAMILY FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.THE ONLY DIFFERANCE IS MINE HAS THE UK POST OFFICE ON IT AND I HAVE A KEY WHICH I BELIEVE MY GRANDFATHER MADE IT.I AM 68 SO THE BOX HAS TO BE REALLY OLD. ED.

Michael G 28 Jan 2012 01:19 AM,UTC

Pauline, you will have to go to a locksmith to get a key, the bank had all the keys for these.

Paul Blanche 27 Jan 2012 14:09 PM,UTC

Does anybody know how old these banks are? I have one that is identical to this one, having the serial number of 20715. Also is it possible to obtain a key for these to enable the opening of it? I am in Australia and found this is a curio shop many years ago. They are extremely well made and very secure with the one way action at the slot. I have always wondered if there were any old bank notes in it? I know there are no coins. Thank you.

Pauline Payne 28 Dec 2011 20:28 PM,UTC

Where do you get a key as i have one with money in it.I live in Ashburton NZ.
Thanks Pauline Payne

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