This particular example is one of the top condition “Speaking Dog” mechanical banks known to exist. Manufactured in 1885 by the Shepard Hardware Company in Buffalo, New York, this cast iron mechanical bank measures 7 1/8″ long and is in near mint all original condition and paint. The bank depicts a young Victorian girl playing with her golden retriever. There is very little paint loss and the colors of bright red on the dress, flesh tones, brown dog, and maroon base are all very bright and crisp.
The bank operates as follows:
place a coin on the tray being held by the girl. Press down on the lever in front of the girl and the girl moves her arm downward dropping the coin into the bank while the trap door opens and the dog opens his mouth and wags it’s tail.
It is very difficult to find a bank of this quality in near mint condition; especially accompanied by the original wooden box in which the bank was originally shipped; a very special find and piece of Americana. It is from my own personal collection of mechanical banks.
Dimensions: 7 1/8″ long x 3 1/16″ wide x 7 1/2″ high
I am a leading specialist in the field of 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.