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Posted 3 years ago

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moparnut48
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I think it might be a coin bank. its a clown on top witch you can push down, wind clockwise, insert a coin and it spins. It looks hand painted. looks like the clown is made of two molds.I think its cast iron. Can anyone give me a value or more information on when it might have been made.

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  1. lisa lisa, 3 years ago
    Hi moparnut48,

    The "clown on globe" mechanical bank was first produced in 1890, but this one might be a reproduction. The reproductions from the 1930s are valuable antiques, but there are also fakes being made today. You might pick up a book on how to tell the differences. I know there's a way to compare the size of the base, as well as the paint.

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/coin-operated/mechanical-banks

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