Eagle and Eaglets

Object Number: 
1998.39
Date: 
ca. 1883
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 16.5 x 21.6 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
cast: on bottom: "PATJAN23/1883"
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of a large eagle mounted on a pedestal with two eaglets mounted at edge of nest; eagle with glass eyes and jointed wings and body, base textured to represent natural environment, with nest; coin is placed in mouth of large eagle; when lever under tail is pressed, the large eagle leans forward and drops the coin into the nest, and the eaglets swallow the coin.
Gallery Label: 
This mechanical bank was based on Patent No. 271,200, issued to Charles M. Henn on January 23, 1883, and assigned to J. & E. Stevens Co. (See Publications)
Bibliography: 
Weinstein, Amy A. "Children's toys." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 188-193.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Laura Harding
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group