Last month, Kym introduced her Museum of Me and that kind of stuff is right up my alley, so I'm joining in (and doing a little catching up)!
The inaugural exhibit is:
The Oldest Thing From My Childhood Still In My Possession
I'm pretty sure that would be my Lefton piggy bank! Have you ever seen a sweeter face? She's never had a name because she wasn't really a "toy"… she's just "my Lefton piggy bank."
Like Kym, the backstory is fuzzy… I know she was a gift, and I think it was for my 6th birthday, but I don't remember from whom.
I do know that she was maimed almost immediately! Like, within minutes. It could have been me that dropped her, but the depths of my memory tell me that it was one of my three (at the time) siblings and the fireplace hearth also plays in that memory.
So, y'know, she's never been very good at holding money. I did keep the rubber stopper in there for YEARS, even though any money deposited could (and often would) fall right through her missing leg.
She's always been sure-footed, though, even with only three legs. And from some angles, you can't even tell that she's damaged.
I gave her a bath for these photos, as I've done from time to time, and I'm always very careful to preserve the Lefton sticker. There are little felt disks on the bottom of each foot, too.
Some of her floral decorations have been damaged, but none is missing altogether.
The curl of the tail, the iridescent glaze…
…those amazing flowers.
A quick search on eBay and Etsy resulted in a few very similar — sometimes much more decorated (either originally or after-market), but I will always like mine the best!
And here she is in situ on the top of a bookshelf next to some of my dad's turned wood vessels, a sideways Big Ben/Parliament cookie tin that was Rusty's mom's "sewing basket," a ceramic pumpkin that my Grandma Blum made, and on the shelf right above a photo of Viv & Maddy, and one that I took 10 years ago in Scotland. (There is much museum fodder on those shelves!)
That face, though (even in a blurry photo).