Novelty Bank

Object Number: 
1998.45
Date: 
ca. 1873
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 11.4 x 11.4 cm )
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of a building with mansard roof with figure inside; figure dressed in brown suit, holding tray next to counter, painted yellow; building with two chimneys and four painted dormer windows; pierced details include decorative grille and arched windows; cast details include window frames; coin is placed on the tray, and teller deposits it in bank.
Gallery Label: 
This bank was based on Patent No. 144,106, issued to C.C. Johnson, Somerville, MA, on October 28, 1873 (See Publications).
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Laura Harding
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group