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Still Banks287 of 395Morton Salt Coin BankPRETTY LEFTON PURSE BANK
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    Posted 9 years ago

    antiquesan…
    (1406 items)

    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, 9 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, 9 years ago
      Thank You kerry10456 for the information! This one is also plastic , you are lucky to also have the box!
    3. antiquesandcollectibles38 antiquesandcollectibles38, 9 years ago
      Thank You BELLIN68!
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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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