Antique “Creedmoor” cast iron mechanical bank with original polychrome paint decoration, depicting a soldier firing into a tree trunk.
The soldier is wearing a blue cape, blue jacket, red pants and a blue hat. The paint is worn, as expected from the bank’s age and usage. Impressed into the large rock on the ground is “Creedmoor Bank, Pat. Nov. 7, 1877”, while the smaller rock is impressed with “Bowden Series”. The stopper underneath is stamped “Pat Feb 2, 1875”.
The bank operates by shooting a coin into an opening in the tree trunk. The gun is cocked and a coin is placed in the gun barrel. When the soldier's right foot is pressed, the gun fires the coin into the tree and a bell rings, (sometimes). There is also a mechanism for firing a paper cap at the same time. Made by J&E Stevens Co., Cromwell CT.
Dimensions: 10¼” long x 6½” high.
Item No. 120363
Sale Price: $675. (Firm)