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Posted 2 years ago

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I saw this bank and loved it ! I don't know much about it , but I think it is pretty neat ! I pull it out every Forth of July.

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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    I know very little about these, but I know there are repoductions , made of cast also. I have found that the quality of the casting and the type of screws used will tell you original from repoduction pieces on cast toys. BTW there is a plastic version of these that was marketed and sold in 1976 for the Bi-Centennial. I have one of those and the box. It doesn't work as well as the cast versions, but I thought it was neat. Thanks for sharing yours.
  2. antiquesandcollectibles38 antiquesandcollectibles38, 2 years ago
    Thank You kerry10456 for the information! This one is also plastic , you are lucky to also have the box!
  3. antiquesandcollectibles38 antiquesandcollectibles38, 2 years ago
    Thank You BELLIN68!
  4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    The originals were patented in the 1860's and can bring a tidy sum. Another thing to look for in any cast item is the bottom grinding. Rotary grinding is obvious and tells you a story. Originals were made before rotary grinders and were hand filed. Slag was quite often just chipped off leaving a flaw. Cast is fun to collect. Believe it or not I saw one of these banks sell for $4100.
  5. LoriLovesVintage, 2 years ago
    I have one of these in cast metal but I don't know much about it either. I believe mine is a reproduction.
  6. antiquesandcollectibles38 antiquesandcollectibles38, 2 years ago
    Thank You fhrjr2! That was great information I'll keep my eyes open for one of those cast banks , now that I know what to look for.
  7. AngelinaRose33 AngelinaRose33, 2 years ago
    wow, i just saw one of these at our local antique market, i've seen them before on antique's roadshow.. they had the uncle same one, and one that was a bear, and another one that i will now have to go back and check out!! but they were all $30.. i wonder if the seller knows something i must not, concidering the prices... what do you all think?? what else could i look for that would tell me if it's a repro or not? like what do the original screws look like?

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