“Lady and Baby by The Wishing Well” Still Bank. German Circa 1910


Germany, Circa 1910 c.

3 5/8"
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Very interesting wooden still bank with lots going on. All hand carved of wood with four small circular risers elevating the base. There is a water pump with a bucket hanging from it and a metal pumper attached to the top. A hand carved and painted brown pine tree is attached at the opposite corner with a large water well to the other corner. A lady with outstretched arms and a “King Cole” type headdress seems to be reaching out to her baby dressed in green who is lying down on top of the well, next to the coin slot. Perhaps she is about to bathe her. A bird looks on from atop the perch protruding from the pump. Dominant hand painted colors are different shades of brown and all original with no repaint. Very nice all original paint and condition with a small chip missing here and there to this handmade, kind of “folksy”, and very well done bank (see images). A round circular key lock trap for releasing the coins is on the underneath, along with “Wishing Well German” handwritten on the opposite corner (see image). Whether written by an earlier collector or maker is not known.

Dimensions: 4″ square x 3 5/8″ high.

A unique one of a kind piece to add to a collection of still banks and a nice addition to a folk art collection (from my own collection).
I am a leading specialist in the field of antique coin banks, having been buying, selling, and examining these fine objects for 40 years. This experience makes me well qualified to analyze, evaluate, and guarantee the authenticity of original examples.

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