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Tammany Tiger & Boss Tweed Cast Iron Still Bank

Boss Tweed side of Tammany Tiger still bank.
Tammany Tiger side of Tammany Tiger Still 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 & only succeeded in acquiring it just recently from the furniture dealer who found it over 30 years ago.

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General James B. Ricketts Signed Civil War CDV Photo

General James B. Ricketts Signed Civil War CDV Photo

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.

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Civil War General Thomas W. Sweeny Signed CDV Photo

Civil War General Thomas W. Sweeny Signed CDV Photo

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.

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1860’s General Winfield Scott Signed CDV Photo

1860’s General Winfield Scott Signed CDV Photo

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General Winfield Scott. The photo is ink signed "Winfield Scott". 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 Winfield Scott & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Photographed by F. Gutenkunst, 706 Arch Street. Philadelphia."

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.

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Clock with Movable Pendulum Still Bank, Arcade c. 1923

Clock with Movable Pendulum Still Bank, Arcade c. 1923

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.

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German Tin Windup Toy Saloon Car c. 1910-1918

German Tin Windup Toy Saloon Car c. 1910-1918

Original Bing (or Fisher or unknown maker, refer to the third paragraph for additional details) German 7.5 inches long tin toy windup saloon car. This red & black tin toy car dates circa 1910-1916 or so. The toy does not have any maker's marking. However, we believe that the car was made by the Gebruder Bing Toy Co. of Nurnberg, Germany. The reason that we say this is that we have seen a couple of German tin cars in the past which had a Bing maker's marking & the identical detachable headlamps. So, that is why we are attributing this car to Bing.

The toy measures 7 1/2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches wide (counting the stem with the key). The litho finish is very bright, lustrous, & fresh looking! An exceptional example far, far superior to the normal condition that this sort of early German tin toy car is usually found in! There is only the tiniest bit of wear to the exterior edge of two of the wheels & there a few tiny minor expert repairs. It is our thought that the toy was probably never played with. We would say that overall this toy is excellent + in condition appearance.

We have heard from two different collectors in reference to the maker of this toy. One collector says: "This little limo is by Fisher, not Bing. I have exactly the same one but in a more deluxe version and it has the characteristic fish marking underneath. All other parts are identical. While all German toy makers were copying each other, there is no mistake here because the stamping dies are the same." Another collector says: "I have the exact same car in the identical size (with different colors) which has a GBN marking (which is for the maker Bing) under the oval window on the back." Also, we will present the additional possibility that yet a third & unknown company in Germany may have produced the toy & perhaps that is the reason that it is unmarked. So, as we are are not able to verify the maker of this toy beyond any reasonable doubt, we will leave the determination of the maker (or potential maker) up to the buyer.

There a few little bends here & there & there are some tiny insignificant signs of wear here & there. There is a tiny crack in the right rear lead hub cap. The sides of the toy are so fresh & bright that they look just like the toy must have appeared when it rolled off the factory belt. Most of the original litho finish present is fresh, brilliant, & lustrous. The front left wheel had the litho interestingly misprinted in the making.

The toy still retains its original components including the beautifully made & rarely found detachable pair of headlamps. One tiny "u" shaped tin piece on the bottom of the right headlight 1/2 inch long by 3/16 inch wide was expertly replaced. It is so expertly done that even when pointed out it still blends right in. The thin tin piece which holds on the right detachable headlamp has had a tiny 3/16 inch long by 5/32 inch wide piece expertly replaced on it's tip. Each of these two very tiny expert repairs are very hard to notice. The right headlamp will slide off of the car when the car is picked up at an angle. The left headlamp stays on the car when the car is picked up at an angle.

There is some subtle minor touchup to some of the black paint under the left fender. This occurred when a tab that holds the fender to the left side of the body of the car was expertly stabilized. The head of the key wind mechanism (which was missing when this toy was found) was replaced with a choice condition appropriate key of the correct design from another toy. The windup mechanism is in working condition but it is a bit sluggish. Overall a choice condition example of this toy. The few minor expertly corrected defects that we have mentioned in the description are all so expertly done as to not be noticed except by the most astute & advanced examination. The toy has the general appearance of EX+. This beautifully made & extremely appealing German tin windup toy car weighs in at a delicate 4.3 ounces.

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Boy on Velocipede Clockwork Toy c. 1870’s

Boy on Velocipede Clockwork Toy c. 1870’s

All original circa 1870's clockwork boy on velocipede toy. This fine early American toy was made by the Stevens & Brown Toy Company of Connecticut. The curved clockwork housing over the mechanism was patented by Arthur M. Allen of New York City on January 25, & February 1, 1870. The curved tin clockwork housing area has a stenciled marking "Pat. Jan 25 1870" on the right side (viewer's left). This is a large, impressive, & charming toy which measures approximately 11 inches long by 8 5/8 inches tall by 4 5/8 inches wide across the back section. The toy weighs in at 1 pound 6 ounces.

The wheels & handle bar area are cast iron. The painted tin clockwork housing is dark blue with gold trim. The boy's head is cloth based composition. The boy's hands & feet are stamped brass. The interior structure of the body is metal & wood. The clothing feels like it is made of wool. Two similar examples are pictured on page 36 & there is a story about them on pages 35-37 in the book "American Clockwork Toys" by Blair Whitton.

The following info in reference to the heads used on Stevens & Brown velocipede toys is on page 37 in the Whitton book:

"The cloth base doll head used on most of the velocipede figures was patented by George W. Hawkins, of New York City, on September 8, 1868. He received a second patent on January, 5, 1869, with the "Improvements in the Manufacture of Doll Heads". This invention relates to the dies and tools employed in forming and uniting the two parts or halves of hollow doll heads, which were formed of textile materials such as buckram or muslin, saturated with wet size or starch."


The toy is complete & with all original paint & all original clothes. There are no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The figure of the boy rider, which is much scarcer than the more frequently found girl, has entirely original clothes. The clothes are browned, worn, frayed, & have some holes from age & use. The boy's right hand (viewer's left) at the bottom where it fits on to the handle bar has a tiny piece of brass worn away. This minor flaw measures 1/8 inch by 1/32 inch.

The cloth based composition head has all original paint showing some wear & a few tiny hairlines, & a few cracks on the back of the neck. There is absolutely no touch-up to the head or any other components of the toy. We DO NOT have a key for the toy. But, the mechanism has been tested & the toy is in sound working condition. The toy shows some overall wear from use. One iron spoke is missing from the left back wheel (viewer's right). A delightful & appealing early American toy with lots of charm. 

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Stump Speaker Cast Iron Mechanical Bank

Stump Speaker Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Closeup view of Stump Speaker Cast Iron Mechanical Bank

Original Stump Speaker cast iron mechanical bank. This bank was patented in 1886 & was designed by Charles G. Shepard & Peter Adams, Jr. The bank was manufactured by the Shepard Hardware Company of Buffalo, New York. Incised in the casting on the bottom of the baseplate is the marking: "Pat. June 8, 1886". The bank measures 9 7/8 inches tall. The base is 4 31/32 inches wide by 3 15/16 inches deep. The bank weighs 4 pounds 9 ounces.

When the lever on the top right is pressed down the hand moves downward & drops the coin out of the hand in to the bag which opens on the top of the base. When the lever is pressed the jaw also moves. The right side of the bag should sit flush against the left side of the back when the bank is not operating.The right side of the bag on our bank leans open a trifle when the bank is not operating. A slight adjustment, by someone skilled in such matters, would probably correct this minor point. The bank still retains the vast majority of the all original paint. The left side panel on the bank has more wear than the other panels.

The paint has a very pleasing & rich patina. It is easy to see that some areas (especially the top) of the bank could be professionally cleaned up, if desired, to clearly show even more of the all original paint. This example is entirely original. There is no touch up to the paint. There are no chips, no cracks, no replaced parts, & no repairs. The bank is missing the key lock trap which would fit in the panel on the back side.

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