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Mechanical bank: William Tell

Object Number: 
1937.481
Date: 
ca. 1896
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 16.5 x 26.7 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
cast: beneath base: "PATENTED JUNE 23 1896."
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of figure holding gun, pointing at small child standing in front of castle-like fortress, on textured base painted green; larger (male) figure in Elizabethan-style dress with boots planted on base; child standing with apple on top of head, at top of steps; when coin launcher on rifle is pulled back, larger figure lowers head; after coin is placed in rifle and right foot is pressed, coin is fired into castle, knocking apple off boy's head and striking gong.
Gallery Label: 
The design patent No. 25,662 was taken out by Russell Frisbie of Cromwell, CT after the mechanism was patented on June 23, 1896 and assigned to J. & E. Stevens Co. (See Publications)
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