“Novelty Bank” was manufactured by the prolific maker of mechanical banks, the J. & E. Steven’s Company in Cromwell, Connecticut in 1873. It is made of cast iron and measures
4 1/4″ at the base. This particular example is the more rare brown version and is in all original paint condition, no touch-up paint, and no restoration.
It operates as follows: open the front door; a cashier appears; place a coin on his tray. Upon releasing the door, a spring snaps the door closed, depositing the coin into the vault. Coins are removed via a slide trap held in place by a screw.
I am a leading specialist in the field of antique mechanical 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.
*Note: Please see other mechanical banks I have listed for sale.
Note: Short one minute video showing operation of the bank is available as an
attachment via email upon request.