J STEVENS AMERICAN EAGLE & EAGLETS PAINTED CAST IRON
MECHANICAL BANK 1883
The 'Eagle & Eaglets' bank was made by the top manufacturer of mechanical banks , the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell CT USA. It was patented by Charles M Henn of Chicago Ilinois, January 23, 1883.
This bank was one of the most popular of all mechanical banks. As a toy bank, it had a very pleasing appearance and was appropriate as a gift for a girl or a boy". Hobbies Magazine Jan. 1976
"Place a coin in the eagle's beak, press the lever (twig/snake) and the Eaglets rise from the nest actually crying for food. As the Eagle bends forward to feed them, the coin falls into the nest and disappears in the receptacle below."
Pat 1-23- 1883
Reference : The Bank Book, Bill Norman p. 76
Approximate Dimensions: Base length 6 11/16, Width 4", Height to top of eagle 6".
Condition: Working condition. Most of the original paint remains. No damage repairs or repaint evident. There is no squeaking bellows.
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