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Girl Skipping Rope Authentic Foundry Iron Mechanical Coin Bank
Our little darling skips with such abandon! One of the most animated of all mechanical banks, with the simple press of a lever releasing a coin, away this energetic lass goes! This bank was designed by J. H. Bowen in 1890 and orignally produced by the J. E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut. Whether you're an antique toy bank collector or just teaching kids the value of money, our Design Toscano mechanical, heavyweight coin bank, cast in foundry iron and authentically hand-painted, is a clever gift and a wonderful desktop collectible.
9½"Wx5½"Dx8½"H. 6 lbs.
Girl Skipping Rope Authentic Foundry Iron Mechanical Coin Bank is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second bank is nice, first bank was not. I had ordered this for my daughter for Christmas because it was so unique. Unfortunately, the first one was backordered, then late, then showed up broken, with paint missing and legs off. We tried to put it back together but it's cast iron and that didn't work. When I called Toscano, however, they were very nice about shipping one out right away at no charge. The second bank is very cute and my daughter loves it. Thanks!
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice for display only If you're expecting this bank to operate like the original, then you're in for a disappointment. The original Girl Skipping Rope Banks had a very graceful action that was achieved by complex inner mechanisms. Because of this, it was a difficult bank to produce and very expensive for the late 1800's. That was why so few of them were sold at the time which makes for their great rarity today. The bank offered by Design Toscano is very nice in appearance, however, the workings are over simplified and not very reliable. There is an inner coil spring that you tighten with a small crank. When you trigger the bank, be sure to keep your finger on the lever or it will jump back up and jam the movement. The effect of the girl skipping rope is very fast, and due to spring slippage it not very reliable. All in all, I would say that it is nice to see a reproduction of this very rare bank. And despite its shortcomings it's not a bad value for the price. If you intend it mainly for display you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She really does skip rope. A bank from a century ago... very amusing, delightful, ...a wonderful piece of nostalgia from the past.
Date published: 2013-08-06
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