Organ Grinder's Performing Monkey Authentic Foundry Iron Mechanical Bank
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Organ Grinder's Performing Monkey Authentic Foundry Iron Mechanical Bank
This collectible iron mechanical coin bank brings to light the lost art of an age-old historical treat, the Organ Grinder and his Monkey act. By a slight turn of the crank on the left side of the bank, the monkey lowers coin in hand, tips his colorful hat and deposits the coin into the "Hurdy Gurdy" organ as the cat and dog stand at attention. Originally Manufactured in Philadelphia by Kyser & Rex in 1882, our mechanical replica antique coin bank is cast in foundry iron and authentically hand painted. Our Our Design Toscano finely detailed replica coin bank makes a clever mechanical bank gift and a charming desktop collectible.
6"Wx4"Dx9"H. 6 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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