Cabin Bank

Object Number: 
ca. 1883
Iron, paint
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.
Gallery Label: 
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)
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group