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Uncle Remus Cast Iron Mechanical Bank

Uncle Remus Iron Mechanical Bank

Original "Uncle Remus" cast iron mechanical bank.
This bank was designed by John Murray of New York, N. Y. The bank was assigned patent number D462,150 on 27 October 1891. The bank was manufactured by the Kyser & Rex Company of Frankford, Pennsylvania. The bank is in sound operational condition.

 There are no cracks & no chips to the iron. The original paint shows some wear. The major majority of the exceptionally colorful original paint is present & is quite beautiful & is very bright. The condition of this example is much better than most examples of this bank which are found. This pleasing & attractive bank is 5 7/8 inches long by 3 13/16 inches deep by approximately 4 7/16 inches tall. The weight is 2 pounds & 8.5 ounces.

 The hen lever is an excellent professional recast which was made by Russ Harrington approximately 50 years ago (about 20 years before we acquired the bank). The bank is now complete as shown, there are no missing components, & the bank still retains the original coin trap. We do not have a key to unlock the trap. In over 58 years of being heavily involved with collecting mechanical banks this is by far the best example we have ever owned of an Uncle Remus bank. We acquired this bank over 30+ years ago & it has been in our collection for the last 30+ years.

 When we found the bank the one tiny lower pin (of the two pins) which connect the side & back sections of the fence was missing. This is a tiny piece which fits inside the sections of the two fence parts. The bank repair expert Marc "O" was hired to repair it & he perfectly replaced this tiny piece, approximately 30 years ago, & no paint touch up was required. Also, at the same time, Marc "O" expertly replaced the policeman's club which was missing. When the club was replaced the policeman's hand holding the club was touched up.

 With this eBay listing it is the first time I have ever offered this bank for sale. I really sort of hate to sell this beautiful bank which I have deeply loved & very much enjoyed looking at for so many glorious years! But, alas for me & joy for you, the time has arrived for some other lucky mechanical bank collector to provide this exceptional Uncle Remus Bank a good new home. I will truly miss it!

Price on request.

Dancing Bear Iron Mechanical Bank

Dancing Bear Iron Mechanical Bank

1882 PAT. ORIGINAL ORGAN GRINDER DANCING BEAR IRON MECHANICAL BANK, BEAUTIFUL BANK!

  An original "Organ Grinder and Performing Bear" AKA "Organ Grinder Dancing Bear" cast iron mechanical bank. The bank was assigned patent number D-259,403 on 13 June 1882. The bank was designed by & manufactured by the Kyser & Rex Company of Frankford, Pennsylvania.

  Interestingly, this is one of the very few designs of cast iron mechanical banks which has a key wind clockwork mechanism. The key which is attached to the bank mechanism & is located on the side of the building. When the key is wound a coin is then placed in the top of the organ. Then the lever in front of the organ is pushed. This activates the bear to revolve as the organ grinder man turns the crank while the coin slides inside of the organ. The bank is in excellent mechanically operating condition.  

 This example has lots of bright original paint & the condition is much better than most examples of this bank which are found. A very beautiful & appealing example of this wonderful bank! This pleasing & attractive bank is 6 7/8 inches long by 2 11/16/16 inches deep by approximately 4 1/4 inches tall. The weight is 4 pounds & 7 ounces.

  The bank is complete as shown & still retains the original coin trap. We do not have a key to unlock the trap. In over 58 years of being heavily involved with collecting mechanical banks this is the second best condition example we have ever owned of an Organ Grinder Dancing Bear Bank. We acquired this bank over 30+ years ago & it has been in our collection for the last 30+ years.

 Approximately 40+ years ago a former owner of this bank, two owners before we acquired it, had dropped the bank. When we found the bank there were a few hairline cracks on the roof & there was one hairline crack at the center of the fence. There were no chips or missing pieces of iron & just the thin hairline cracks in the iron were present. Approximately 25 years ago we decided to have the bank repaired.

 So, the bank repair expert Marc "O" was hired to repair these hairline cracks, approximately 25 years ago. At the time the cracks were repaired some paint touch-ups were done on the roof & also to the center of the fence. But, the major percentage of the original paint remains on both the roof & the fence. The old & superior quality expert repairs/ & touch ups done by Marc "O" are not visible to the naked eye even under careful magnification. But, the paint touch up areas show up under a blacklight examination.

 With this eBay listing it is the first time I have ever offered this bank for sale. I really sort of hate to sell this beautiful bank which I have deeply loved & very much enjoyed looking at for so many glorious years! But, alas for me & joy for you, the time has arrived for some other lucky mechanical bank collector to provide this exceptional Organ Grinder Dancing Bank a good new home. I will truly miss it!

Price on request.

Jonah & the Whale Iron Mechanical Bank

Jonah & the Whale Iron Mechanical Bank

ORIGINAL JONAH AND THE WHALE IRON TOY MECHANICAL BANK, PAT. 1890
 Original cast iron toy "Jonah and the Whale" mechanical bank. The bank was designed by Peter Adams & was patented on 15 July 1890. This bank was made by the Shepard Hardware Company in Buffalo, N. Y. circa 1890's or so. The bank measures approximately 10 5/16 inches long by approximately 5 1/4 inches tall by 3 9/16 inches wide. The weight is 5 pounds 6.5 ounces.

 The mechanical action of the bank is in superb working order. The rectangular locking trap is original & is in fine working order. The cast iron key to open & close the trap is of the correct design & is a well made recast key. 

 Otherwise, except for the key, the bank is completely original, in all respects, including all of the paint. The bank is complete & is in sound operating condition. There are no chips, no cracks, & no repairs to the iron. There are no touch-ups to the paint anywhere on the bank. The painted finish shows some minor wear from use. But, the vast majority of the all original bright & superb painted finish is still present. This is a bank which is quite hard to find in all original condition & with this much original paint still present. 

 A very appealing subject & an exceptionally pleasing condition of a "Jonah and the Whale" bank as this design of bank often turns up broken and/or repaired &/or in much lesser paint condition. The exceptional condition can be clearly seen in the accompanying photos. This outstanding condition bank has been in our collection for over 30 years & has brought us much enjoyment from owning it. Our inventory number of this item is #10,811.

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Speaking Dog Iron Mechanical Bank

Speaking Dog Iron Mechanical Bank

PAT. 1885 SPEAKING DOG IRON MECHANICAL BANK
A  complete & all original cast iron Speaking Dog mechanical bank.

This is certainly a charming & attractive design. The original designers are to be congratulated for their achievement in this regard. The  example we are offering is a very scarce paint version variant which features a multi colored medium brown dog with lots of white highlights on the fur details. Examples of the Speaking Dog bank, which usually show up, are more frequently found with either a much darker brown paint on the dog than our example has & with far lesser details in the highlights or in a much lighter brown than ours also with far lesser detail highlights than present on our example.

Examples of the Speaking Dog bank were made by two different toy companies. The bank we are offering is the variety which has a rectangular key lock trap. This variety was made by the the Shephard Hardware Co. of Buffalo, New York.

The bank was patented on 20 October 1885 & was deigned by Charles G. Shephard & Peter Adams, Jr., both of Buffalo, N.Y. The bank measures 7 1'4 inches long across the base by 3 inches deep at the base. The height is approximately 7 3/8 inches. The weight is 4 pounds & 12 ounces. 

 The bank is in sound operational condition. Overall, the major majority of the all original paint is present. The bank shows more paint wear on some areas than other. This is often the case with banks made by the Shepard Hardware Co.

The girl's two arms, the area where the coins go in tp the bank, & the left side lap area of the girl's dress show the most paint wear. Most other areas of the bank show only minor wear. The girl's face is missing a few flakes of paint. But, the facial paint present on her face has lovely luster & the quantity of paint present is considerably more than is usually encountered on the girl's face on Speaking Dog banks. The paint on the dog is superb, has a gorgeous luster, & far more paint is present on the dog than is usually encountered. An even more significant point about the dog's paint is that we have never seen another dog as beautiful as this one in the color combo when combined with the extensive highlights.

Absolutely all of the components of this bank are entirely original in all respects including all of the exceptional condition paint. There are no cracks, there are no chips to the iron, & there are no repairs or replaced components anywhere on the bank.

We do NOT have the key to unlock the coin trap. We have had this bank in our collection for a number of years. In over 58 years of buying/collecting/ & selling mechanical banks this is the most pleasing condition example of a Speaking Dog mechanical bank which we have had the pleasure of owning. We will, most assuredly miss this lovely bank. But, the time has come for the bank to find a loving new home.

Price on request.

1890’s-1910 Bendigo Pottery Still Bank

Australian Bendigo Pottery Still Bank

RARE STONEWARE JOLLY "N" POTTERY STILL BANK BY BENDIGO IN AUSTRALIA CIRCA 1890's-1910 
Extremely rare original brown glazed pottery figural still bank. This bank is in the shape of the head & bust of a black man. On the back is the wording "Jolly N…… Bank". The bank dates circa 1890's-1910 or so. This bank was made by the Bendigo Pottery Company in Australia. The design of this very rare stoneware pottery still bank was inspired by the American version of the mechanical which was patented in 1882 & produced by both Shepard & Stevens.

This Bendigo brown glazed stoneware still bank version features a more elongated bust than was featured in the frequently encountered American iron mechanical version. Also, this pottery version has more pronounced hair on the front of the head & both arms positioned straight down.

All of the few known Bendigo J. N. stoneware banks are extremely rare. Purportedly there are only a total of four or five known examples of Bendigo "Jolly N….. Banks" in all varieties. To my knowledge each of the few known examples is different. This is thought to be the only known example of this stoneware bank in this exact form.

The pottery is quite thick around the base & measures from 5/16 inch at the sides to 3/4 inch thick at the bottom of his arms. The bank measures 4 1/2 inches across the base of his arms by 6 3/4 inches tall. This well made stoneware bank weighs approximately 29.7 ounces. The original attractive rich thick brown glaze is in wonderful condition & has a lovely sheen & patina.

The area which would have been a solid stoneware base under the bank has been broken away to retrieve the coins & the base is missing. There is a small separation flaw crack that occurred in the making at the center of the bottom lip. Also, there are some chips to the bottom lip & loss of some of the teeth over the bottom lip from when the coins would have been put in to his mouth to go in to the bank. The condition can be seen in the accompanying photos.

Price on request.

Cupola Cast Iron Building Bank

Cupola Cast Iron Building Bank

A pleasing example of an all original circa 1870's-1880's or so iron cupola bank building. This bank was made by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut in several different sizes. The one we are offering measures 4 1/8 inches tall by 3 5/16 inches from right to left across the roof by 2 5/8 inches from front to back across the roof. This one has a deep red roof with delicately painted deep gold leaves decorations. There is minor wear to the roof. But the majority of what looks like roof wear on a quick glance is actually the delicately painted leaves decorations.

The consistent nature of this roof decoration, which we have also seen on some other examples of the cupola bank gives us the feeling that the Stevens company, most likely, used several different stencils for the painting of the various sizes of the cupola banks. This example has a smooth rich gray colored building which is painted with blue & red details & a rich red roof.

A small percentage of the examples of this bank made by Stevens were issued with mica flakes on the front panel. This example is especially appealing as it is one of those examples & it has lots & lots of original mica flakes, as issued, which are still intact on the front panel. This makes the bank especially charming as the mica flakes catch the light & sparkle in a very beautiful way in the light.   

The bank is in excellent all original condition. It is complete with no breaks, no repairs, & no touch-ups to the paint. Through its many years of life it has acquired a lovely patina. We have decided to offer this bank exactly as found as we find the patina quite appealing. An especially attractive example of this cupola building bank which has considerable charm & a lot of visual appeal.

Price on request.

Curly Toed Billiken Iron Still Bank

Billiken Still Bank with curly toes

1910- 1920's CURLY TOED BILLIKEN IRON STILL BANK, EXTREMELY RARE VARIATION
 In this listing we are offering an example of an extremely rare variation of a Billiken cast iron still bank. There are several different versions of Billiken iron still banks which turn up frequently & are fairly common. However, In 56 years of being heavily involved with antique iron banks we have never seen another example in any book or in any collection of this version of Billiken which we are offering in this listing. We are estimating the bank to date circa 1910-1920's or so.

 We do not know the maker of this bank. But, we are guessing that this may possibly have been produced by an English toy company. One reason that we say this is that the coin slot is of ample size to accept large English pennies as well as some other large English coins. The coin slot is larger on this bank than the coin slots seen on standard common American versions of Billiken banks. Additionally, for the size, this bank is heavier than other slightly larger Billiken banks made which are of American manufacture.

 This example is all original including the original screw. There is considerable wear to the original paint. But, all of the paint present on the bank is entirely original in all respects. There are no chips to the iron, no cracks, & no repairs. The bank measures 4 inches tall by 2 11/16 inches from the back to the tip of the toes by 2 3/16 inches from right to left across the arms. The weight is 14.5 ounces. A bank well suited for a very advanced iron still bank collector. Where or when would you ever find another example of this extremely rare variety? 

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Clock with Movable Pendulum Still Bank, Arcade c. 1923

Clock with Movable Pendulum Still Bank

Original circa 1923 clock with movable pendulum cast iron still bank. The bank is listed as number 1540 on page 136 in the Andy Moore "Penny Bank Book". In the Moore book he lists the bank as having been made by the Arcade Company & he lists as circa 1923. The Arcade Toy Co. was located in Freeport, Illinois. The bank measures 5 5/8 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches across the front of the base. The weight is 15.1 ounces.

This elaborate bank is beautifully made. It is in gorgeous glossy superb truly exceptional all original condition. The bank has only minor wear. All of the paint present is entirely original & there are no touch ups to the paint. There are no cracks, no chips, no replaced components, & no repairs. The pendulum & the wires holding the pendulum wires are all guaranteed 100% in all respects. An exceptionally pleasing example of a bank that is very hard to find in this lovely condition.

Price on request.

1892-1910 Julia Jones Beecher Cloth Doll

Tammany Tiger & Boss Tweed Still Bank

Circa 1892 to 1910 black Americana Beecher cloth doll in original clothing. She measures 19 1/2 inches tall and wears a marvelous red and white printed dress, a white apron, a shawl, a petticoat, and bloomers. At the back of the neck the dress closes with a snap type closure as does the back of her petticoat.

The waist of her bloomers in the back also has a snap type closure but her waist has gotten thicker over the years from sitting around for so long. Thus the back of the bloomers no longer can be pulled together enough to close. The back of the dress at the waist has a hook type closure. In the front the ends of the shawl are kept closed at the waist with a straight pin.

I did not remove any of her clothes but did peek under them to see if the cloth body is in good condition. The body is indeed in excellent condition. The front of the dress where it was not covered by the apron and shawl have a bit of fading from light. There are a few small loose threads on her bare feet that seem to be remnants of stitching that had attached cloth socks or shoes once upon a time. They don’t look to be repairs. On her nose there is some loss of the top layer of black fabric as is very common with these dolls. Fortunately the layer of cloth exposed underneath is also black. There is a bit of a “run” in the fabric over one eye and a small loss of fabric in the inner corner of the other eye.

There is some loss to the topmost fuzzy surface of the black fabric that is used to simulate hair but due to the nature of the fabric she still has the appearance of having an overall short curly hairdo. The shawl and apron are of a very fine delicate fabric that has age toning. The shawl has a couple of breaks, one of which has an old stitched repair. The apron has one small hole.

This doll is from the collection of Tex Johnson, the longtime antiques dealer who sold from her shop on Route 272 in Adamstown for many years just a very short distance from the famous Shupp’s Grove Antiques Market.

Price on request.

Tammany Tiger & Boss Tweed Cast Iron Still Bank

The Boss Tweed side of the Tammany Tiger bankThe Tammany Tiger side of the bank

Original 1870's extremely rare Tammany Tiger & Boss Tweed cast iron still bank. The bank depicts the Tammany Tiger on the back side & Boss Tweed of famous corrupt politician fame on the front side. The bank measures approximately 3 5/8 inches tall by approximately 3 5/8 inches deep. The base diameter one direction is 2 5/8 inches & the other direction is 2 11/16 inches. The weight of this bank is 16.2 ounces.

An example of this bank is listed & pictured in the Still Bank Book by Andy Moore on page # 69 item # 110. In the Moore book he gives the date of manufacture as 1873 & the maker as unknown. An example of this bank is also pictured in the book "Political Banks" by Bob and Shirley Peirce on page #58. In the Peirce book the value is given as $8,000. to $12,000. & mention is made of an example which sold at auction for $8,750. & another example which sold at auction for over $14,000.

There are two chips missing from the iron along the edge where the two halves of the bank fit together. One chip is 1/4 inch by 3/16 inch. Another chip is 9/16 inch by 3/16 inch. There are two thin hairline cracks. One crack is on the back side section to the right of the Tammany Tiger's head & measures approximately 2 1/2 inches long.

Another crack is on the front right side of Boss Tweed & measures approximately 1 3/8 inches long. About one half of the length of the beginning of the second crack is a casting flaw that occurred in the original making. The other one half or so of this second crack extends from the end of the casting flaw. The bank still retains the original screw which shows considerable use. The screw is a little bit loose just like it was when we found the bank. We have chosen not to tighten the screw so as not to put any pressure on the bank.

The bank is complete & all original with no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The bank shows wear to the original gold paint. But, the majority of the original paint still remains.

A delightful, charming, & extremely illusive political still bank which is rarely offered for sale in any condition. This example turned up over 30 years ago in an estate on the main line area of Philadelphia where it was found by an antiques furniture dealer. We have pursued this example of the bank for over 30 years & finally succeeded in acquiring it from the furniture dealer who found it over 30 years ago.

Price on request.

Civil War General Thomas W. Sweeny Signed CDV Photo

General Thomas W. Sweeny

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General Thomas William Sweeny. An appealing seated pose with excellent contrast. The photo is ink signed with rank "T. W. Sweeny Brig. Genl. Vols." The signature which was clipped from a larger piece was affixed, in period, to the front bottom of the photo. A tiny bit of the bottom of the "g" in Brig. is gone from when the clipped signature was attached to the cdv.

This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General Thomas W. Sweeny & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Charles D. Fredericks & Co. "Specialite," 587 Broadway, New York."

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs.

Price on request.

General James B. Ricketts Signed Civil War CDV Photo

General James B. Ricketts

We are offering in this listing one original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General James Brewerton Ricketts. A superb image with rich contrast. The photo is ink signed with rank "James B Ricketts Brig Genl." The signature which was clipped from a larger piece was affixed, in period, to the front bottom of the photo. This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General James B. Ricketts & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. from photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery". The back has an, in period, penciled identification "Genl Ricketts" in an unknown hand.

This cdv measures 4 inches tall by 2 7/16 inches wide. There is a small 1/4 inch by 1/32 inch bit of residue on the back. There is a very faint insignificant wrinkle on the back surface that only shows when the cdv is held in strong light. The cdv is basically quite choice & shows only minute wear.

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs.

Price on request.

Arcade Cast Iron Yellow Cab

Arcade Cast Iron Yellow Cab

An Arcade cast iron yellow & black cab. Called by most collectors & labeled with Arcade's stampings "Yellow Cab". But, I would really call the color orange. This is the largest version of this design, to my knowledge, which Arcade ever issued.

This is the 9 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches wide across the back size. I have only owned this toy for a very short time & am just getting around to offering it for sale on eBay. I had put the cab on a shelf & was tentatively thinking of collecting it as it is such a choice example & it has been so long since I have had one this nice.

 But, then I have been back & forth on whether or not to collect it since it would now be the only iron toy cab that I would own. The last time I got seriously involved in iron cabs many years ago I formed one of the top collections of iron cabs which according to Don Kaufman was at least equal, if not better than his. But, the cabs I had have all been gone for many years & I have, so far, resisted the siren's call. In any event, I figure that if I sell this toy I will easily save myself a a fortune by not starting again on collecting the high end condition cabs. But, on the other hand, then who needs to save money which was really made for the purpose of spending!

Anyway, the example I am offering has all original paint which is bright & superb. No touch-ups, no cracks. I have not dusted the toy & it appears to have never been cleaned. All original components with the exception of the wire mesh screen which looks pleasing but it is replaced. An easy upgrade to make, if desired, by taking an original screen out of a far lesser example of a yellow cab when found.

The original rubber tires are as can be seen. The rubber tires are distressed & flawed & cracked with one section of rubber from one tire broken & missing a small piece. That tire is separating & about ready to slip off. Anytime I have owned iron cars or trucks I have always left the original rubber on them regardless of how the original rubber looks whereas some people prefer to replace rubber tires when distressed. In any event, here a very upscale example with superb original paint.

Price on request.