My pig collection started many years ago. Not by intention, but while out garage-saling with my first granddaughter, Allie, we came across a picture of pigs. It’s not a traditional one, but with the little critters facing the other way, showing off their cute little butts. There are eleven of them to be exact. We hung it on the wall. Without any plan in mind, a few more pigs were added here and there. I know there are a lot of pig collectors out there! Many fine-tune their selections to piggy banks, ceramic figurines, cast iron, or photographs. I am not that particular.
My latest find was this chocolate mold. A tasty addition, don’t you agree? Definitely considered to be a “crossover collectible” because many people collect candy molds too. I have seen a lot of molds through the years, many of them have more “charming” subjects. One mold that I owned was shaped like a heart for Valentine’s Day, but I’ve also seen loads of bunnies, hens and roosters. All these were in keeping with the Easter candy theme. This is the first one I’ve seen with pigs.
Pigs were also used for advertising purposes. My only piggy bank is definitely not what you usually expect to find. It has “Souvenir Chicago Stockyards” on its side. The reference to the meat packing industry isn’t warm and fuzzy, but he looks proud and regal, so I do display him.
My cast iron pig has advertising on both sides. One side reads “A Birmingham Pig” and the other has “Compliments Birmingham Reactors.” It is believed to be from Alabama, back when they were known for their pig iron.
Another advertising pig is a large bookend found at a flea market this summer: the wonderful Elkhorn Fair at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, Wisconsin. It is cast iron and on each side of the base is the word “LINCOMIX (R)”, not a familiar name. But if I was a farmer, it might be well-known for this is an injectable medicine for swine, handling infectious forms of arthritis.
Each piece has its own personality, if you will. I continue to look for examples at antique malls, thrift stores, garage sales. I promise not to “hog” them all.