Below is a list of antiques & collectibles that are available at the Antique & Collectible Exchange.
Banks / Antique or the alternate site: Banks / Antique
ANTIQUE CAST IRON BLACKAMOOR FIELD WORKER STANDING BANK ( Item # 44014 )
For today’s auction, we are featuring a very heavy cast metal bank in the shape of a blackamoor field worker.
Blackamoor figures are depictions of black Africans used in sculpture, jewelry, armorial designs and decorative art.
The blackamoor is typically depicted with a head covering, usually a turban / hat and is usually shown covered in rich jewels and gold leaf. It is usually male. The early examples often have European racial features, apart from the color. They are typically enamelled, carved from ebony or painted black to contrast with the bright colors of the embellishments. Depictions may only represent the head, or head and shoulders, facing the viewer in a symmetrical pose.
Our blackamoor figure is an actual standing bank. The figure depicted appears to be of a field worker; perhaps a worker on a plantation. It appears that he is wearing suspenders of some sort to hold up his pants. He does appear to be wearing sandals as we can see his toes (at least on one foot).
To the rear of the figure and between the shoulders is a slot where one may place coins to be saved. The bank has a screw at waist level to unlock the bank. This figure is shown smiling with his hands placed in his side pockets.
This bank measures 5.25” tall and is 2.75” in length. It is 1.75” in total width from front to back. This is some color present on the front of this piece. We see red and yellow. We are not sure what type of shirt (if any) those colors are meant to highlight or show.
A very nice piece of old cast iron metalwork that is in good condition.
Please refer to our pictures to see just how unique this bank is. Buy this old bank and secure your coinage securely!
If you have any questions, please be sure to ask!
ANTIQUE CAST IRON NEWFOUNDLAND DOG STILL BANK ( Item # 42953 )
This is a lovely little New Foundland Dog cast Iron Bank . It is very old. It measures 5.75" x 3.75" high.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE OFFERING A GREAT ANTIQUE PIG BANK AND OLD BLACK MAN BANK ALSO!!
Shipping is quoted for the Tri-state Area!
Dark Town Battery Antique Bank Black Basebase Players ( Item # 45210 )
This antique cast iron baseball mechanical bank was manufactured by the J & E Stevems Company in the late 1800's. This bank incorporates a operatable bank, Black Americana and of course baseball players.
The bank consists of three figural baseball players set on a base that reads
“Dark Town Battery.”
To operate the bank you cock the pitchers right arm and place a coin in the pitchers glove. You then press the lever located behind the catcher. When the lever is pressed it causes the pitcher to toss the coin, the batter swings his bat but misses and the catchers left hand moves inward. The coin shoots into a large opening in front and below the catcher. It is marked PATD. JAN 17 1888 on the underside and PAT Feb 2, 1885 on the coin trap, although the 85' is hard to discern and it also could be 88' .
The bank measures 7 1/4 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide, and 9 3/4 inches long. It is in excellent condition. This bank is all original, un-restored, except for the repair of the bat and has approximately 60% - 70% of it‘s paint remaining, as can be seen in the photos. Also, the repair to the bat is evident in the photo's with just a slight ridge at the repair point. It appears that this repair was professionally done and very rigid.
Banks / Mechanical or the alternate site: Banks / Mechanical
Always Did 'Spise A Mule Sitting Boy Mule Mechanical Bank ( Item # 36571 )
"Always Did 'Spise a Mule," another late nineteenth-century mechanical bank that portrays an African-American boy sitting on a bench and a mule facing him. Just below the bench is a slot for a coin. When the player pushes a lever near the mules hing legs, the mule bucks and whirls around which also at the same time releases the lever on the bench and the boy and the bench topple backwards -- of course placing the coin right into the coin slot which is right below the bench -- works everytime.
This bank has a patent date of Aprill 22, 1879 embedded on the underside of the base, which is also the date on the base of another boy and mule bank, which we also have on our web site. The coin slot is has a "pd Feb 2 1875". I have seen other banks of this same type with a patent date of April 27, 1897 which obviously were made later.
This bank is in excellent condition with regard to the moving parts, the boy, the mule and the base. The cap for the bottom of the bank is illustrated in a photo.
The paint has moderate wear and I would rate it a 7 of 10. It doesn't appear this bank has ever been repainted or touched up, which I have noted is the case on a number of these banks that are offered. The paint on the boy is a 9, the green grass is about an 8 while the red on the base is proably a 7. The saddle cloth on the mule is a 5. The buyer can determine the authenticity of this bank and if not satisfied return the bank to us for a full refund.
The bank measures 10 inches in width, 6 inches in height and 3 inches deep. The bank weighs 3 pounds.
As mentioned above these banks were reproduced again around 1897 up through the early 1900's.
Vintage Uncle Sam Metal Bank ( Item # 40912 )
Vintage Uncle Same Metal Bank that we estimate from about 1914. These banks were first produced around 1880, then again just before WWI, possibly before WWII and still being reproduced today.
Put a quarter in Uncle Sam's hand, push the button next to his feet and watch the hand drop down and the U.S. bag open. His tongue also wags at the same time.
Some rust and pitting and is evident in the photo's but still operational. Metal coin removal slot has been replaced with a rubber insert.
Most of these banks were produced at a patriotic time in our history.
Bank measures 11 1/2 inches tall, 4 3/4 inches wide and 3 3/4 inches deep. The bank weighs 4 pounds and 8 ounces.
Banks / Miscellaneous or the alternate site: Banks / Miscellaneous
OLD BLACK MAN SHARE CROPPER STILL BANK 1800'S ( Item # 42949 )
Nice old Black Share Cropper Cast Iron Still Bank in very nice condition 5-1/2" high and still has a lot of paint on it. No rust.
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE OFFERING 2 OTHER BANKS FROM THE SAME ESTATE, ONE IS A GREAT PIGGY AND THE OTHER IS NEWFOUNDLAND DOG BANK
Shipping is Quoted for Tri-State Area!
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