Winnie the pooh and friends are on this 5 1/4 square bank. very colorful with four different pictures on the four sides the top has a blue square pattern on it with the coin slot in the center of the top. Coin release is on the bottom with a rubber plug. Made for Disney (county of origin unknown) these Ceramic banks are usually give to small children as there first bank (baby bank). Purchased in a group of banks from Chris Hamel who during her picking trips always looks for bank and allows me first option. Added to collection March 26/16. Excellent condition value $20.00 to $55.00 G
A.A. MILNE named the character Winnie-the-Pooh for a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. The rest of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, were incorporated into Milne’s stories.
Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while enroute to England during the First World War. He named the bear “Winnie” after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Winnie” was surreptitiously brought to England with her owner, and gained unofficial recognition as The Fort Garry Horse regimental mascot. Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much loved attraction there