Mechanical Bank “Chief Big Moon”. American. Circa 1899


“Chief Big Moon” cast iron mechanical bank is one of the few western theme banks in the mechanical bank collecting field. It was manufactured in 1899 by the J. & E. Stevens Company in Cromwell, Connecticut.

This is one of the favorite banks of most collectors because, in addition to attractive “shelf appeal”, the action of the bank incorporates the element of surprise. To operate; a coin is placed under the fish in front of the pond. Press the lever on the top, middle, side, of the bank. The frog will spring out of the pond, attempting to grab the fish, as the Indian (who is sitting in front of a fire) raises it out of the reach of the frog. While this is going on, the coin drops into the bank. To reset the bank for another deposit, lift up the pond and place the frog back underneath (look at “before” and “after” images). A short one minute video is available upon request.

In addition to the frog, Indian, fish, and two white ducks on the blue pond, the bank is decorated in Indian decor around the base and to the teepee. There are images of tomahawks, peace pipes and Indian faces. The bank is painted in colors of yellow, blue, white and gold, with a rust colored fire.

This example is in excellent all original condition and paint with no restoration; an important consideration given the fact that, due to the action, the fish is often replaced, or at best, re-welded. The same is true for the frog.

Dimensions: 10″ long x 4″ wide x 6″ high.

Dealer Clive Devenish Antiques
Date: Circa 1899
Origin American
Artist/Maker J. & E. Steven's Co.
Measurements 10" x 4" x 6"
Price $6250
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