Circus Clown and Trick Dog Authentic Foundry Iron Mechanical Bank
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Learn the value of a penny saved with this antique replica
To use this foundry iron mechanical bank, simply place your spare change in the mouth of this comical pooch and press the lever to make him jump through his clown s silver hoop! Whether you re an antique bank collector or just teaching kids the value of money, this mechanical, heavyweight antique replica cast in authentic foundry iron is a clever gift and a great desktop collectible.
7"Wx2½"Dx7"H. 4 lbs.
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$39.95
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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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