Uncle Sam Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Item#SP1690
Authentic foundry iron mechanical bank
Popular since the war of 1812, mechanical banks are collectible art worldwide. This one, cast in foundry iron from a historic 1880s mold by the Shepard Hardware Company, is authentic from top hat to soapbox. Uncle Sam s beard moves as the coin in his spring-loaded hand drops smartly into the U.S. treasury bag at his feet. Hand-painted to highlight each original detail! 4½"Wx3½"Dx10½"H. 7 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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