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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pin Money

What's It Wednesday #107
What a difference the passage of time can make. I thought I'd share my little collection of “pin money” banks. These quaint little charmers are from the fifties, made popular by Lefton. Now, we think of pin money as pocket money or spare change, but the term has quite a history.

Catherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII, introduced the humble pin to England from France. They were an expensive commodity since each one was forged individually. (Imagine sewing with no pins!)

In order to purchase this luxury, a special allowance was given to the wife by her husband. Thus the term “pin money”.

Lefton capitalized on this phrase in the 50's by making these adorable pink banks adorned with flowers.

Since pins later became inexpensive, the term came to mean a small amount of money that you save up and spend on yourself for little extras that make you happy. Like a pin money bank!
Hugs,
Patti

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97 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love these sweet Pin money banks!!
Thanks for the party!!

hugs,
Debbie

Audrey said...

Thanks for hosting Patti & Paula, I'm your newest follower via GFC and bloglovin! Have a wonderful week.
Audrey

FABBY'S LIVING said...

OMGoodness these Pin Money bank collection is way amazing and gorgeous too, I totally love it!!!
Thank you for hosting lovely ladies and may your 2014 be amazing! Have a nice rest of the week.
FABBY

Shannon said...

Such cute banks. I've never seen those before. Thanks for hosting.

Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

Sarah said...

Interesting history lesson. I always learn something fun on visits to Ivy and Elephants. I had a Lefton bank when I was a child (c1950s) that is a little piggy with the same 3D flowers on him. This post sparked a memory. I need to see if I can find that fellow. '-)
Thanks for hosting.

Self Sagacity said...

I like learning about the pin money, especially when it has to do with king henry and people of his court.

Self Sagacity said...

I like learning about the pin money, especially when it has to do with king henry and people of his court.

Terra said...

Your pin money banks are darling and thanks for the history. I like everything to do with the Tudor court.

Doreen@househoneys said...

Could those little banks be any cuter?

Thank you for hosting ladies! It's always a pleasure to be here!

amy mayen said...

I love learning stuff like that! Thanks for the history lesson!!

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

Thanks so much for hosting.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Love the history lesson about the Pin money banks. I never knew that. Thank you for hosting another great party!

Doni said...

Hi Girls!
Those are just so adorable! I love the little tiny flowers and the shapes of the purses! Thanks so much for visiting me!
Blessings,
Doni

Bella said...

Hi Patti,
Lovely collection, and I love the idea of pinning money away for pin banks:-) Thanks for being our hostess:-)
Hugs,
Bella

SarahGeorge said...

Hi,
Just came from Doni's "Faith,Grace,and crafts" blog. Loved this blog and decided to join in the fun :)

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

I so love learning new things. How sweet to save up for pretty pins. Imagine them being so costly. I am glad I can run to the store and buy some pretty pearl topped pins to sew with but I have a vintage bank to save my coins in and I usually have a nice bit of money when it is full. Hope you ladies are having a beautiful start to the new year. Hugs, Beverly

Jill Harrison said...

love these gorgeous pin money banks and also the story behind them. Looking forward to another year of What's it Wednesday. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Patti,they are so pretty. I've never seen any like them before.x

Nancy's Notes said...

What pretty little pin money banks, I just love them! Thank you for hosting such a great sounding party! I'll be joining in what I know will be an awesome party!

Nancy

Debby Ray said...

What adorable little pin money banks! I have never ever heard of those! Thank you for hosting this fun party!

Blessings!

Dawn WeCallItJunkin said...

Those pin money banks are so pretty, and I really enjoyed learning the history about them. Thanks for sharing! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.

Robyn said...

Hi Patti and Paula,
Each time I party with you I learn something new! Love it-and love those sweet pin banks.
Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

You have some of the neatest stuff! I've never heard of pin money- that was interesting to read. Those pin money banks are so cute.
Thank you for hosting!

Cristina Garay said...

Your stories and collections and so beautiful and interesting, it always fun reading them! Thanks for hosting us and for the feature :)

Babs Richman said...

Love hearing the origin of the term "pin money", and seeing the sweet little banks. Thanks for hosting another great party.

Di said...

Those sweet banks are wonderful. My nana always kept her pin money in her little leather change purse. We even found receipts in there. It was a small pouch but sweet memories.

Barbara said...

I have never heard of pin money banks but I must say that they are just beautiful! Thank you so much for the history lesson as well, so interesting to hear how they came about! Thank you too for the party and featuring my clam chowder recipe. To be honest my kids actually fought over who was going to finish the pot! Always a good thing when they fight over something nutritious and not candy!!!LOL
Have a great week ladies!!!
XO Barbara

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Pin Money Purses are so sweet! I've always admired them and your collection is lovely. I love the story of Pin Money. I knew it was actually for pins originally but didn't know who started it. You always give us such great history with your fabulous pieces and collections. Thank you once again for hosing a link party for all of us to share and meet new people!

Happy New Year!
Blessings, Edie Marie

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Patti and Paula,
Love your pin money purses. Just gorgeous. What a wonderful collection.
Thank you for hosting.
Happy Wednesday.
Hugs

Joyce Olson said...

Hi Patti and Paula,
Are these too cute or what and I so enjoyed reading about the History too!
Thank you for hosting and wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!
xx-
Jemma

Savannah Granny said...

Patti and Paula, Thank you for hosting us so faithfully each week. I can always come here for inspiration and fun.
You little pin money banks are adorable. I have never seen one...imagine that.
love to all, Ginger

sweetvintageofmine said...

Anything that says VINTAGE PURSES....REAL or Breakable....LOVE 'EM!! You have a beautiful collection....I have only seen a very few! Blessings~~~Roxie

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I still use the phrase 'pin money' and now I know how it originated.
Thanks for sharing the info and the sweet little banks.

Jeannie Marie said...

I'm back home and just in time to see your cute pin money banks! It's a favorite expression of mine when referring to my earnings in Paypal!

Karen Doyle said...

I adore your pin purses! never knew there was a story behind them, so glad you shared the wonder...
Karen

Muscetta said...

Interesting story and beautiful banks. Thanks for hosting. Tina

Curtains in My Tree said...

OMGosh
my sister collected those same little pin money banks. I think she still has them.
They are sweet like all the Lefton items made in 50-60's

Victorian Tailor said...

Love your little pin banks, I have always known the story, however have never seen the little banks! will keep an eye out for them now!,

thrifty amos said...

I have just found this site through We Call It Junbkin and glad to be here. What a popular link party! Thanks for hosting

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a fascinating story ~ I had heard the phrase pin money before but had no idea where it came from. The banks are adorable.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Such fun to learn the history behind things, isn't it? And a fun collection!

Jillian

SizzleandZoom said...

I have never seen those cute little 'pin money' banks.

Ann Huffman said...

Thanks for the history on pin money. Quite interesting! ~Ann
Tarnished Royalty

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I have never seen those before! Thank you for sharing and hosting! Have a lovely rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Patty Wiles said...

Thank you for hosting!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

That was a fascinating post!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed the history on the banks - thanks for sharing.
Thanks for hosting again this week. Running late, but in for this week.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Those are beautiful. I've never seen those before or heard the expression!!! I love the glass flowers on them.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I collected pin money banks for our oldest daughter, so I researched the history when I found the first one. I don't know if she's still got them packed away somewhere, but I hope so. They're so sweet!

Laura said...

Love your pin banks. I've never heard that term before, so I learned something new:) I believe I'll be working that into my vocabulary! Thanks for hosting the party!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

So great to be here. Thanks for the invitation!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow and to think I never knew what it meant...Those are gorgeous I have never seen one before...I know I sound like a broken record, but you have the best collections!!

Carol

Audrey said...

Learn something new every time I come to your party. Love the little pin money banks ... a 'pretty' way to save money. So honored that you featured my blog on sewing thread spool ornaments. Thanks so much and I hope to have another post for you this week.
Blessing,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Patty Antle said...

I love the pin story Patty. Thanks for sharing the history of your precious treasures.

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely ladies.
I love the history lesson about the Pin money banks. I never knew that. Thank you for hosting another great party for us. I am hoping you are having a great week with your family's.
xxoo
Diane

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Patti,
I have never seen or heard of such a story line to these sweet pin banks, ans such a sweet little treasure to post about.
You my dear collect such a wide range of treasures, not to mention the history you have stored away on every collection you share with us.

Patti, thank you dearly for taking time to visit my post and leaving such a beautiful comment on your way home.
This is going to be a beautiful 2014 sharing it with the grace and beauty you add to it makes it that much more grand.

Looking forward to the love you share in February.
Xoxo
Doré

Alessandra said...

Oh...they are so pretty! I love the flower decors on them. Thanks for showing us another gorgeous collection and for the interesting history of pin money banks
Kisses
Alessandra

Bente said...

Love these Pin money banks. I have never seen them before.

Hugs

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh how I love your collection! One of my first posts when I began blogging was about a pin money bank I found and now cherish. My Mom used to tell me a story about having pin money growing up in case of an emergency! Loved hearing your historical tale!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

How funny...when I saw the post title, I thought it had something to do with Pinterest!! Well, learn something every day and your collection is priceless. Thanks for adding all of this on to the Thursday blog hop!! Have a wonderful weekend.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

They're so sweet! I've never heard about these before, thank you so much for sharing and passing along this story.

LV said...

Even at my age, do not recall these cute little pin money banks.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love this post. I just love your blog. NOW i will be here awhile looking at all the features too. Thanks for sharing all this awesomeness. HUGS and blessing for the rest of the week

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What pretty pin money banks--I've never seen them before. Also enjoyed learning about the history of the phrase "pin money"--I always thought it had to do with hat pins.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a great story...I never knew this about the expression. My mother always used the term when she was giving us a monetary gift. I love the purses!

Thanks always for stopping by my blog. I need to join your party some time soon!

XO,
Jane

Jann Olson said...

I love the little pin banks! I had never heard of that term. I really enjoyed the history. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Little Miss Maggie said...

I have a dear friend that has a whole collection of these little pin banks. Thanks for your post. It reminds me of Judi and these little gems are so hard to find.

Sam Schaefer said...

Thanks so much for the history lesson. I've always heard the term 'pin money' but never knew where it came from. They are adorable.
Sam from www.creativelysams.com

Lynn Richards said...

I love that I have learned something new! I had no idea about pins, pin money or the little banks. Great history.
xo

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, are these ever cute! What a sweet collection and a history lesson too. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and enjoy your weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Revi said...

I've said it before, but you just KEEP on coming with these amazing collections of unique and historic items. I love the mini history lessons that go with them. I've often heard the term, but had no idea of the history! Thanks for hosting. :)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I know Anne Marie will appreciate your comments on her home!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Katherines Corner said...

What a fun post,my Mother had a pin bank very similar to the pink one. I am so happy you shared this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs

The Vintage Chateau said...

You always share such interesting tidbits in your blog. Thanks!
Karee

Marlene Plasencia said...

These are so cute, love your collection. I missed out on this party but I won't next time. Just look at all the lovely blogs.
Blessing,
Marlene

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The pin money history is fascinating and the little banks are adorable! Thanks for linking to TTF with you always amazing shares! hugs!

eileeninmd said...

A pretty collection of Pin Banks. This is the first I have heard of these banks, I have heard of the phrase though! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

molly- See you downtown said...

Loved seeing your collection and hearing the story. I have one that I bought when I collected and traded Hard Rock Cafe pins some many years back. It was for a different kind of pin savings.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! That was interesting to read about the pin money banks. They are so pretty! Nancy

Red Rose Alley said...

Your "pin money" banks are so charming. Very interesting information that went along with it too. I like the little flowers on the purses.

Your font on your post is fabulous. I appreciate how big it is and enjoy reading it every time.

Love,
~Sheri

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never seen one of these banks but they sure are beautiful...perfect on a dresser! You always show us the neatest things. Enjoy your week my friend! Hugs!

Tattered Tiques said...

How interesting! I never new the history behind them, so thanks for sharing!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Patti,
Well, this is the first I have ever heard of ~pin money banks~
They are just beautiful...

What a joy to see you had come for a visit.. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. You are the first to mention the rework on the bird.. I am so happy you like it.. I thought she looks better.
blessings,
Penny

Kelly said...

That is so interesting! I've never heard the story about pin money before. I can't imagine pins being expensive. LOL! Those are cute little pin money banks.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

dear, dear Patti!

That was a fascinating read, to first of all learn a term I'd never heard of, see an item I've never seen, then learn the history. It is remarkable how humanity makes sense of life with art, isn't it? Love that 50s flair and my mom, now that I think of it, had her "pin" money that she would spend of ME....for a candy bar or a small toy. Oh, those were the days when getting a candy bar was a luxury.

Thank you dear one, for coming to visit! I WISH YOU THE BEST 2014 EVER! Anita

James Curtis said...

This is phenomenal! Cute and pretty.
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Navy Wifey Peters said...

Those pin banks are gorgeous! I collect "piggy" banks, and now I want one of these! :-)

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Hi Patti, thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments. I was away al last week so am glad the linky is still open. The "pin money" banks are adorable!!! I have never seen anything like them. Thanks so much for hosting each week.

Shelia said...

Hi Patti! Oh, what gorgeous little pretties. So that's where the term 'pin money' came from, I didn't know that. Thank you so much for popping in to see me at Kiki's. Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

You have a charming collection of pin money banks:) Thanks for sharing the history behind the term...."pin money" so popular among the Victorian ladies:)Always a pleasure joining your party, thanks for hosting! Have a lovely day! Hugs, Poppy

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the history behind the little banks! Thanks for hosting, Laura

Pura Vida said...

it all looks so interesting. I've never seen "pin money"

Susan Clayton said...

Such a cute post! I've never seen these Lefton banks before. Popped over from Sunday View Inspired Sunday Link Party.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

What an adorable collection!! Never seen them before.

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of history. Your banks have so much charm.

Debra

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Patti - these are marvelous! I do remember my mother and grandmother talking about 'pin money!' I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

Kathy

Teresa said...

I was looking for this post!
I saw the thumb a while ago but girl you certainly run and I had to look and look to find it again... ahahah
I know we tend to complain when life is tough and money is short but we get an idea when we listen to people of my mother-in-law's age - over 80 - and they still refer to their pin money and something well earned and fought for...
We live on best of the times when Ivy and Elephants throw a Pin Money Sweetest Banks Party!
Thank you for sharing and reminding me I should pass this story to my kids as they won't - hope and thankfully - live those times.
Thank you and Be Blessed,
Teresa

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