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Lion and Two Monkeys

Object Name: Mechanical bank
Date: ca. 1883
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Medium: Iron, paint, glass
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/2 x 9 1/8 x 3 1/2 in. ( 24.1 x 23.2 x 8.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Philadelphia
Description: Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of a lion, painted yellow, with mouth open and paws around tree trunk facing two monkeys, painted brown (one larger, one smaller, attached by smaller monkey's hinged arms), seated in fork at top of tree trunk, all mounted on textured base painted green with red and yellow highlights; when the lever at the base of the tree is pressed, the larger monkey drops the coin, and the lion opens his mouth to receive it.
Credit Line: Gift of Henry M. Lucas
Object Number: 1940.464
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Marks: cast: beneath base: "PATJULY 17 1883"


"Tin toys and banks and cast iron vehicles," New-York Historical Society, April 21, 2000-March 31, 2002.