TRADERS BANK OF CANADA Yonge St. Toronto Savings Bank measures 24 x 12.5 x20.5 cms. It has an end door and includes the rarely found inner metal box. The top has printed "Property Of The Traders Bank/ Of Canada Registered By/ A. Jarvis 1891/ The Traders Bank Sole Licensee". There are 4 slots near the top of one side where 4 depositors could deposit money or deposits of different denominations could be transacted. .
Value on the Traders Bank of Canada is determined by the number of finials and if the inside box is included and then the overall condition of the bank. A bank with all finials intact would have 12.
In the Ron Greene collection of savings banks offered by Charles Moore Auctions in 2013 it is stated that the bank is in pristine condition. Unfortunately the photos have been removed from iCollector. When I last had one of these banks for sale in 2019, I compared the two banks, and believe one entire section above the roof line was removed from one of the ends. Including the auction fees it sold for $3622.
The only other bank that I have been able to locate online was the Geoffrey Bell example offered by Geoffrey Bell Auctions in 2020. On the stationary end the entire top plate of trim above the roofline is broken off, but on the end that opens it is almost intact with only one finial missing. On this example it is reversed, the trim above the door is missing, but the other end is intact. The Bell example had 5 finials in total. Including the auction fees it sold for $2160.
The bank currently being offered has 7 finials, but where the lock would normally be attached is broken. (see photos)
THE SAVINGS BANK OF THE TRADERS BANK OF CANADA
by Len Buth from the Canadian Banking Memorabilia Society September 2019 newsletter
It has been considered that The Traders Bank issued only about 1500 of these savings banks. Canadian banks, and other financial institutions, offered these savings banks to customers free of charge. The savings banks from the earlier dates created a “forced savings” as the bank kept the key (!) ensuring the funds ended up in the bank’s records! In the case of the Traders savings bank due it its size, a bank employee would go out and visit the customers on horse back to their home or place of business. The contents were counted and the appropriate entry made in the customer’s passbook. At the time of issue, Traders had an interesting advertisement for their savings bank which read “ a bank is brought within your very doors and the seeds of thrift and economy sown among your children and household.”