Number Please, Old Fashioned Crank Phone Authentic Foundry Iron Mechanical Coin Bank
Item#SP1999
One ringy-dingy...in this age of smart phones our old fashioned crank phone is a blast from the past! Insert your coin into the slot at the top and turn the crank just as grandpa did to place a call. The bells will ding and your coin will be safely deposited below. Pick-up the ear piece with attached cord so you can "complete your call" by speaking into the mouth piece receiver. No long distance calls accepted! 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.
6"Wx4½"Dx6½"H. 4 lbs.
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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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