Mechanical bank: William Tell
Overall: 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 16.5 x 26.7 x 9.5 cm )
cast: beneath base: "PATENTED JUNE 23 1896."
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of figure holding gun, pointing at small child standing in front of castle-like fortress, on textured base painted green; larger (male) figure in Elizabethan-style dress with boots planted on base; child standing with apple on top of head, at top of steps; when coin launcher on rifle is pulled back, larger figure lowers head; after coin is placed in rifle and right foot is pressed, coin is fired into castle, knocking apple off boy's head and striking gong.
The design patent No. 25,662 was taken out by Russell Frisbie of Cromwell, CT after the mechanism was patented on June 23, 1896 and assigned to J. & E. Stevens Co. (See Publications)
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.