“Bulldog Bank” was manufactured by the J. & E. Stevens Company in Cromwell, Connecticut in 1880 (see image). It is one of the earlier mechanical banks made for children to encourage saving, and is quite desirable due to its subject matter and action (the way in which the coin is deposited). It is made of cast iron and completely hand painted.
Place a coin on the nose of the dog; gently push down on the tail—this will cause the mouth to open; the coin will drop into the mouth swallowing the deposit. Coins are removed by twisting the round original coin trap on the underneath see image).
It is very important for the tail to be original as it was most vulnerable. This particular example is in excellent condition and all original in every aspect; maintaining a copious amount of paint with no touch up and no restoration of any kind. The bank has an excellent patina and is in the upper echelon examples of condition for this bank. “Bulldog Bank” displays beautifully and is a wonderful and authentic article of Americana, much sought after by collectors.
There are many reproductions; it is important that the base length be 5 9/16″ long, since fakes were cast from original banks, and original banks were cast from an original pattern.
Dimensions:7 3/4″ high x 5 9/16″ long x 3 1/16″ wide
I am a leading specialist in the field of antique mechanical coin banks, having been buying, selling, and examining these fine objects for 40 plus years. This experience makes me well qualified to analyze, evaluate, and guarantee the authenticity of original examples.
*Note: Please see other mechanical banks I have listed for sale.