Novelty Bank

Object Number: 
1937.483
Date: 
ca. 1873
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 17.1 x 12.1 x 11.4 cm )
Marks: 
cast: on back: "PAT. JUNE 25 187[3 or 2]/" [illegible] "OCT 28 1873" cast: on front door: "NOVELTY\BANK"
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of a building with mansard roof with figure inside; door swings open to reveal 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).
Bibliography: 
Weinstein, Amy A. "Children's toys." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 188-193.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group