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Mechanical bank: Organ

Object Name: Mechanical bank
Date: ca. 1881
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Medium: Iron, paint
Dimensions: Overall: 5 7/8 x 4 x 3 in. ( 14.9 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Philadelphia
Description: Cast iron semi-mechanical bank in the form of monkey sitting cross-legged on top of organ, holding tray in one hand and hat in the other, joined by a turnpin; organ with cast decoration consisting of pipes on front, floral swags on lower section, standing on four feet; cast inscription on front of organ; when coin is placed on tray and crank is turned clockwise, the monkey lowers the tray and deposits the coin, while he tips his hat forward and bells ring.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.1236
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Marks: cast: on front: "ORGAN BANK" cast: on reverse: "PAT. MAY 31. 1881

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This bank was based on Patent No. 242,139, issued to Louis Kyser and Alfred C. Rex on May 31, 1881 (See Publications).


The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman