Overall: 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. ( 8.9 x 11.4 x 7.3 cm )
stamped: on base: "PATDJUNE2D/1885," cast: on release button: "PATD FEB2 1875" Nadelman collection sticker: "460 / Am"
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of cabin (almost a lean-to) with slanted roof, painted yellow, red, blue, and black; figure representing African-American standing in doorway, with blue shirt, red suspenders, and yellow pants; cast details include texture of roof, broken windows on sides, and grill and banjo hung on sides; when handle on broom is pulled, figure flips up and kicks coin into bank.
The original patent (April 3, 1883) was assigned to J. & E. Stevens Co. in December 1884, with the agreement that the designer obtain a design patent. The design patent was issued to Edward L. Morris on June 2, 1885. (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.