The first section of this listing provides a brief description of each bank followed by (61) images of the fronts of the banks.The second section of this listing following the (61) images; consists of (20) more images displaying multiple angles showing the rear, sides, and bottoms, of all the banks, matching up with the original frontal images of the banks in terms of placement, location, and order on the shelf. The final section deals with more specificity of some of the more important banks with multiple close up images of these, and more specificity than in the original descriptions. There are (40) additional images here.
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. I am also a member of the “Antiques Dealers’ Association of America” consisting of the top dealers in their respective fields and dedicated to “Honesty and Integrity”. I have tried to be as thorough and accurate as possible. I can provide additional images, more specificity, and any information you may require upon request.
All 55 banks are all original with no repairs and no repaint except for trap on “World’s Banker” #34 (noted). All are in excellent to near mint condition. They date from circa 1888 thru 1930’s with the majority 1910 thru 1930. They are all from my collection of mechanical banks. All of these banks have some mechanical function which is caused by the deposit of a coin. For a sense of scale, bottom shelf measures 12″; other three above are 9 1/2″. Specificity and/or images of specific banks available.
In addition to being an important and rare mechanical bank “Mickey Mouse” bank is also very sought after by collectors of Disney items. Provenance for this “Mickey Mouse Bank” Item #33, (Row Three Left Side) is from the Steve Steckbeck Collection; purchased Morphy Auction, October 27, 2007 Lot #272 ($48,875).
Listing of banks from left to right:
Row one top left side:
1) Cigarette Vending- Circa 1920’s. Coin in slot would have dispensed a candy cigarette.
2) Harold LLoyd- Circa 1920’s. Pull down lever; mouth opens, tongue sticks out, put coin on tongue, release lever, coin deposited in bank.
3) “Automatic Fortune Savings Bank” (rare shorter variation)- Circa 1926. Drop a coin in slot; wheel rotates pointing to your fortune.
4) Signal Cabin- Circa 1930. Drop a coin in slot; semaphore moves up and down.
5) Cowboy with Tray- Circa 1920’s. Coin on tray; press lever. Cowboy raises arm as coin slides into his mouth.
6) “Popeye”- Circa 1929. Rotate Popeye to right; lift up opponent; deposit coin, Popeye knocks over opponent.
7) Clown Bank (known as white face. Rare pre-war version). Circa 1930’s. Press down on lever; place coin on tongue; release lever; coin deposited into bank.
8) Black Face Clown- Circa 1930’s. Press down on lever; place coin on tongue; release lever; coin deposited into bank.
Row one top right side
9) House Bank-Girl At Pump. Circa 1931. Push lever and a bird appears in the window; deposit the coin in the roof.
10) British Lion- 1920’s. Pull down lever; mouth opens, tongue sticks out, put coin on tongue, release lever, coin deposited in bank.
11) Darky Bust- Circa 1907. Drop coin in top of bank; eyes roll as tongue sticks out.
12) Monkey Face with Arched Top (Only 6 of Monkey known- first of series of three)- Circa 1920’s. Press down on lever; place coin on tongue; release lever; coin deposited into bank.
13) Sailor Face with Arched Top (second of three in series). Circa 1920’s. Press down on lever; place coin on tongue; release lever; coin deposited into bank.
14) Clown Face with Arched Top (third of three in series). Circa 1920’s. Press down on lever; place coin on tongue; release lever; coin deposited into bank.
15) “Magic Safe” (very rare German example with German writing)- Circa 1920’s. Deposit coin; door opens; amount deposited visible.
16) “Calumet” (Large)- Circa 1924. Drop coin in top slot; boy rocks back and forth.
Row two left side:
17) Scotchman (with verse-more desirable). Circa 1930. Raise Scotchman’s sporran; place coin on tongue which pops out. Tongue recedes with coin deposit.
18) “Magic Safe” (English version). Circa 1920’s. Deposit coin; door opens; amount deposited visible.
19) “Weeden’s Plantation Darky Savings Bank”- Circa 1888. With mechanism wound; drop coin in slot. Dancer dances as banjo player plays his instrument.
20) Pretzel Vending Old King Cole- Circa 1820’s. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy.
21) “Royal Trick Elephant” (with verse-more desirable)- Circa 1912. Place coin in slot below elephant’s mouth; press tail; he lowers head and trunk as the coin is thrust up into his mouth.
22) Cross Legged Minstrel (With Verse-more desirable). Circa 1909. Insert coin in slot at minstrel’s chest; press lever; tilts hat forward as if to say “thanks” as coin drops in bank.
23) “Jolly Joe” Clown (with verse-more desirable))- Circa 1930. Press down on lever in front; eyes roll as tongue pops out. Put coin on tongue; raise lever. Coin is deposited.
Row two right side:
24) Saluting Sailor. Circa 1920. Press down on lever under right arm; coin slot is exposed as left arm drops. Deposit coin and release lever; returns to starting position.
25) Monkey and Parrot- Circa 1930. Place a coin on Monkey’s tail; press down on side lever; monkey bends down as coin rolls down his arm and parrot opens mouth. Release the lever and coin is thrust upwards around the track and into the parrot’s mouth.
26) Minstrel Bank- Circa 1928. Press lever; tongue pops out. Place coin on tongue and release lever as coin is deposited.
27) Sweet Thrift Vending Machine- Circa 1928. Upon coin deposit; drawer opens as candy would have been dispensed.
28) Stollwerk Vending (Little Red Riding Hood). Circa 1900. Upon coin deposit; drawer opens as candy would have been dispensed.
29) Domed Top Vending- Circa 1920’s. Upon coin deposit; drawer opens as candy would have been dispensed.
30) Keene Registering Bank. Circa1902. Place coin in slot on roof; press lever; amount registers in “self accounting” windows.
Row three left side:
31) Monkey with Tray in Uniform (Much rarer version–has uniform)- Circa 1908. Place coin on tray held by monkey; press down on his tail which acts as a lever; monkey raises arms and tray and proceeds to swallow the coin returning the tray to its original position after deposit.
32) “Magie” (Very rare bank). Circa 1920. Put a coin on the “Magie’s” table (magician); press the lever in back; when tray is lowered covering the coin; the coin “mysteriously” disappears into the table base.
33) Mickey Mouse (Best example known of this very rare bank). Provenance: Steve Steckbeck Collection (2007). Pull Mickey’s ear (acts as a lever); his tongue protrudes waiting for a coin. Upon placing a coin on his tongue release his ear and the coin is deposited into the bank.
34) “The World’s Banker” (Only five or six examples extant). Circa 1920. Trap in back repainted. Place coin in globe; press down on John Bull’s hat; globe rotates around depositing the coin in John Bull’s chest. This bank came from the Hall Henry Collection in 1989.
35) Snake and Frog in Pond (Rare bank)- Circa 1920. Put coin in mouth of snake; push lever behind him; snake moves towards frog throwing the coin into his opening mouth.
36) Dice gambling bank (French) Only two other examples known. Circa 1920. Place coin in slot (must be a thin coin); five dice (all original) pop up and land in new order while coin is deposited.
37) “Try Your Weight” Circa 1905. Place a coin in slot on side of the bank; the weight is recorded on the front dial; press the button on the front left and the coin is deposited.
Row three right side:
38 “Little Jocko” (Musical). Rare bank-All original. Almost never found in this condition. Circa 1912. Put coin in the cup; turn crank a few times; monkey dances in a circle to music being played.
39) English Bulldog (Very few examples known)- Circa 1920. Pull down lever; mouth opens, tongue stick out, put coin on tongue, release lever, coin deposited in bank.
40) Bear ((Rare Bank, Pristine example; “Lyons’ Toffee” Advertising on the rear panel)- Circa 1910. Pull down lever; mouth opens, tongue stick out, put coin on tongue, release lever, coin deposited in bank.
41) Pinball vending Bank- Circa 1920. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy. Also acts as a pinball game by dropping a steel ball (provided) into the top. The ball bounces and navigates the pins and either winds up exiting the lower chute, which causes the candy drawer to open, or pops out of the top chute.
42 “Home Bank” Near mint and with original dispensary tickets (Only a few original tickets known to exist). Circa 1910. Deposit coin in slot; pull tab in front of cashier out; receipt would have popped out showing amount of the deposit.
43) “Jitney Bank” -Circa 1925. Placing the coin in the slot of the tire causes the tire to move.
Row four left side:
44) Stollwerk Victoria Vending Bank (Large Version, graphics portray cupids)- Circa 1920’s. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy.
45) Chocolate Menier Vending Bank (Earlier Rare Version Spiked Finial). Circa 1915. Drop a coin into the bank which opens the drawer and would have dispensed candy.
46) Aeroplane- Circa1919. Fantastic action bank; quite unique. Push the plane up to the top using the handle just below it; push the lever in back of the plane (to hold coin in place) and place coin in the slot at top of plane; move handle down to base. The plane will start to spiral in a circle rotating around the pole until it reaches the bottom, dropping the coin into the mountain.
47) Spar Automat “Flora” Hartwig & Vogel Vending Bank (Provenance: Steve Steckbeck Collection 2007)- Circa 1915. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy.
48) “Gero” Gnome, Floral, and Insect design Vending Bank- Circa 1915. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy.
49) Egyptian Pyramids aka Tropical Vending Bank. Circa 1910-1920. By Hartwig & Vogel. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy.
Row four right side:
50) Bing Woodpecker Bank (Musical)- Circa 1896. Place a coin at the end of the perch just below the woodpecker opening; start turning the crank a number of times; the woodpecker starts to make an appearance coming out of his birdhouse; he makes three attempts at the coin and on the third attempt he grabs the coin and takes it back into the birdhouse, all the while you are turning the crank with music playing.
51) “The Elves” Vending Bank by Huntley, Boorne, and Stevens- Circa 1923. Placing a coin in the slot allows you to open the drawer and retrieve a cookie.
52) Sentry Bank- Circa 1930. Press the lever on top of the bank; the Sentry’s eyes roll, while both arms come to the center (port position) as he moves his rifle. The horizontal coin slot in his hat is now exposed and ready to deposit a coin, following which, releasing the lever returns the Sentry to the starting position.
53) Clown and Dog- Circa 1920. Place a coin on the clown’s right hand; press down on the lever (which is also the dog’s tongue); the clown will raise his eyebrows, open his mouth, and lower his arm to ready the coin to travel up the track upon release of the lever. This will thrust the coin around the circular track and into the clown’s back pocket!
54) Stollwerk Victoria Vending Bank (Desirable version with graphics depicting Hansel and Gretel)- Circa 1920’s.
55) Chocolate Menier Domed Finial (Later version)- Circa 1930. Coin opens drawer. Would have dispensed candy.
This “Mickey Mouse” bank came from the world renowned collection of F.W. Griffith, as is attested by the year 2000 provenance label at the underneath of the bank (see image). He had the finest collection of banks ever accumulated. I acquired it from the Steve Steckbeck collection in 2007 who, likewise, had the finest collection of banks at that time. It is likely the finest example extant.
“Snake and Frog in The Pond” is a very rare bank, and this example is all original.
“Magie Bank” is also a very rare bank. This example is one of the best examples known (see images).
“Little Jocko” came from the Seaman’s collection of mechanical banks in New York City in 1991. His infamous white writing on brown colored backdrop on the underneath validates its provenance (see image).
The “World’s Banke”r is an extremely rare bank with only a handful of examples known to exist. This particular example came from The Hall Henry Collection (documentation on the underneath (see image). I acquired in 1989 from his daughter Millie Henry who lived near to me. Note the trap (back of bank has been repainted–see image).
“Bear Bank” is a rare bank, and this is a pristine example; it also has the very desirable and rare rear panel advertising “Lyons’ Toffee”). One would be hard pressed to find a better example.
“English Bulldog” (very few examples known) is one of the finest examples extant and completely original.
“Aeroplane” bank is rare and completely original. It has unique action for coin deposits, basically, the plane circles the post, dropping the “bomb” (coin) into the mountain upon descent.
“Dice Bank” is one of only two or three known to exist. Place coin in slot (must be a thin coin); five dice (all original) pop up and land in new order while coin is deposited. Dice and glass are all original. Truly a unique bank.
“Woodpecker Bank” by Bing (German), Circa 1896 is quite early and another rare bank with a very interesting and unique method of coin deposit. Place a coin at the end of the perch just below the woodpecker opening; start turning the crank a number of times; the woodpecker starts to make an appearance coming out of his birdhouse; he makes three attempts at the coin and on the third attempt he grabs the coin and takes it back into the birdhouse, all the while you are turning the crank with music playing. All German documentation appears on the bank (see images).
The trio of “Arched Top Banks” consisting of a monkey, a sailor, and a clown, is a complete. The “Monkey Bank” is the rarest of the three with only five examples known This example is near mint (see image). The “Sailor Bank” is the next rarest, with the “Clown Bank” being the most common.
“Weeden’s Plantation Bank” is all original, almost impossible to find this way since the figures are generally missing arms, legs, or figures completely replaced; due to the aggressive action. Operation is described on the back (see image) and provenance (Hall Henry Collection) is noted on the base (see image). I acquired it from Hall Henry’s daughter, Millie Henry, in 1990’s.
“Royal Trick Elephant” Bank is a truly unique action bank with the coin deposit defying gravity. Coin is thrust upward into the elephants mouth. This example is in near mint condition and all original.
“Cowboy with Tray” hard to find, colorful, and all original, near mint graphics. Coin placed on tray; tipped backwards, coin slides into mouth of cowboy.
“House Bank- Girl At Pump” is a rare semi-mechanical bank” This example is just about in mint condition with beautiful graphics, and in all original condition. Press down on the lever and a bird pops out of the gable window.
“Sentry Bank” a colorful, all original, and desirable bank. This example all original and in top condition; one of the finest (see image).