Novelty Bank

Object Number: 
1940.468
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 front door: "NOVELTY/BANK" cast: on back: "PAT. JUNE 25 18... [illegible]/OCT 28 18... [illegible]"
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).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Henry M. Lucas
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group