Overall: 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 17.1 x 12.1 x 11.4 cm )
cast: on back: "PAT. JUNE 25 187[3 or 2]/" [illegible] "OCT 28 1873" cast: on front door: "NOVELTY\BANK"
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.
This bank was based on Patent No. 144,106, issued to C.C. Johnson, Somerville, MA, on October 28, 1873 (See Publications).
Weinstein, Amy A. "Children's toys." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 188-193.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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