The banks are being listed with no reserve and a reasonable starting price. The owner of the banks has decided to part with much of his collection and he continues that tonight. This is the “DENTIST BANK” Mechanical Bank designed by Charles Bailey and manufactured by the J. This is a popular bank representing an unpopular profession. Intricate, distinctive and interesting action. Makes this a favorite of bank collectors past and present. The “Dentist” mechanical bank not only portrays its namesake as a buffoon, but uses his helpless patient to incorporate 19th century anti-black sentiments. There are no cracks, breaks or other damage. The bank has beautiful paint with. Not many Dentist banks have survived over the last 100 years, particularly in the wonderful condition of the one being presented here tonight. Originally, collectors were unsure about the history of the bank. After some investigation it was decided that it must have been made by the J. This is based on similarities observed between the Dentist Bank and several others made by the J. Specifically, the “Bad Accident” Bank has as its subject a black farmer riding atop a donkey cart. This figure is quite similar in casting and attitude to the black patient occupying the Dentist’s chair. Also, the boy in the “Milking Cow” bank made by Stevens bears a resemblance to the dentist’s patient. It is interesting to note the large humped object behind the dentist, since it illustrates the method by which nineteenth century dentists administered anesthesia to their patients. A large animal hide bag was inflated with nitrous oxide, by exerting a slight amount of foot pressure to this gas bag, the dentist was able to control the flow of anesthetic to a mask over the patient’s face. To operate, a coin is placed in the left pocket of the dentist. The lever located at the feet of the figures is then depressed. The figure of the dentist falls backward against the gas bag and the coin drops from his pocket into the provided slot on top of the gas bag. The bag also stores the coins. In the dentist’s right had is a pair of extractors and in these is a large tooth. As the dentist falls backward the patient also falls backward in total surprise, throwing his arms up at the same time. He fall backward along with the chair. The patient is fastened to the chair back and this tilts over with the figure. Both figures are then reset together and the bank is ready to operate again. The bank is emptied by removing a screw which holds the gas bag to the base of the bank. The bank is in proper working order and is approximately 9 1/2″ long, 3 5/8″ wide and 6 high. This is a great opportunity to make this. Bank a part of your collection. The item “Cast Iron DENTIST BANK Mechanical Bank Original Antique Americana Toy” is in sale since Wednesday, January 04, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Mechanical Banks”. The seller is “thingsnsuch100″ and is located in Brookfield, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original