It has all the characteristics of an antique cast iron Bank. The seams are very tight (the cast iron halves fit tightly with little or no space between them). The screws are common and not the Phillips type. They are flush to the surface of the cast iron so they blend into the cast iron well. The cast iron surface is relatively smooth and has very good detail. With that in mind it is not marked as I have seen authentic Teddy And The Bear Banks so I don’t know if it is authentic or not. I have not found references to authentic banks being unmarked. As to condition, it has quite a bit of its paint (obviously some loss). The Bear pops up when the lever is pushed but it doesn’t push down all the way into the stump. His head sticks up a bit when it is loaded into the stump. The mechanism that fires the coin from the rifle doesn’t catch when cocked. The spring is good so it does fire a coin. I gave it a very light washing with soap and water just to clean it up a bit. I really can’t say if it is an authentic bank or not. I’m sure someone out there with more knowledge and experience with antique banks will know. I will be glad to answer questions if I can. The item “Cast Iron Teddy And The Bear Mechanical Coin Bank Theodore Roosevelt” is in sale since Thursday, July 27, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Mechanical Banks”. The seller is “1910buck” and is located in Montgomery, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.
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