Paddy and the Pig
Overall: 8 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 18.4 x 8.9 cm )
cast: beneath base: "ENG PAT JULY 28/1882./US PAT AUG 8/1882." cast: also beneath base: "1875 PAT FEB 2."
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of figure seated with feet pressed together, knees splayed out, holding pig (with nose facing up) between legs; caricature of Irishman with large head out of proportion to body, wearing hat with shamrock, knee breeches, stockings, and buckled shoes; when coin is placed on pig's nose, pressing the lever in back makes the pig kick the penny off of his nose; figure's eyes then roll back, his lower jaw moves, he sticks out his tongue, and the penny falls into Paddy's open mouth.
This bank was based on Patent No. 262,361, taken out by James H. Bowen on August 8, 1882 (See Publications).
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.