Ballet Dancer Collectors' Die Cast Iron Mechanical Coin Bank
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Ballet Dancer Collectors' Die Cast Iron Mechanical Coin Bank
Once our tiny ballerina is wound, simply push the lever and watch as your coin is artfully deposited into the floor slot of this collectible, mechanical toy bank. Awash in pastels, from her laced up toe shoes to her pert bun, this tiny dancer is a favorite action bank. Closely akin to older antique novelty banks, our Design Toscano hand-painted, heavy cast iron, collectors' bank is authentic die-cast metal construction.
4"Wx4"Dx8"H. 3 lbs.
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$37.95
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Design Toscano Collectors' Die-Cast Iron Mechanical Coin Banks Cast Iron banks have long been treasured collectibles, popular in Renassance Europe and even found among the tombs of ancient civilizations. In the US, mechanical banks became a household staple as 18th-century parents sought to reinforce Benjamin Franklin's aphorism: "A penny saved is a penny earned." After the Civil War, toy mechanical cast-iron models were produced en masse until about 1930. Operating with the drop of a coin or the push of a lever, these clever banks, produced in hundreds of different themes, sizes and personalities, were at once functional, decorative, and a delight to the eye. "Still banks"-so called to differentiate them from banks with mechanical parts-have also long been collectors' favorites. Because sought-after mechanical coin banks can bring more than $50K at auction, collectors have turned to fine replicas as a more affordable way to satisfy a love for these witty, novelty, cast-iron replica works. In fact, reports indicate that even replicas are growing in value! Design Toscano offers a plethora of novelty mechanical banks to launch or supplement a proud collection.

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