Mechanical Bank "Eagle and Eaglets" Circa 1883


Americana as depicted by the American eagle makes this a cross collectible item for both bank collectors and those who collect period Americana. Manufactured in 1883 by the J. & E. Steven's Company in Cromwell, Connecticut, this cast iron mechanical bank measures 6 11/16" long at the base. The bank is in excellent all original condition and bright paint. There is no touch-up or repaint, and it even maintains the original internal bellows that creates a "chirping" sound to simulate the baby birds crying for food when the bank is operated. This is the "green grass" variation vs. the "gray grass".

The bank operates as follows:
place a coin between the spring loaded beak of the mother bird; press down on the "snake" lever under her wings; as she leans over to feed the her babies, the chicks rise up chirping as if to grab the food, while the coin drops into the slot provided for entry into the bank.

This is one of the better examples I've had.

Dealer Clive Devenish Antiques
Date: 1883
Origin Cromwell, Connecticut
Artist/Maker J. & E. Stevens Company
Measurements 6 11/16" at the base
Price $2975
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