Original 1892 Antique Cast Iron Artillery Mechanical Bank By The Shepard Hardware Company / J. This antique bank is one of the earliest model’s of “The Artillery Bank”. It has been beautifully kept and has not been altered in any way, shape, or form. It’s in complete working order and does not have any cracks or damage to the cast iron. It also contains some coins inside, which without having the key, I did not want to risk removing. The bank measure 8 inches in length and 6 inches in height. This antique bank would be a great addition for any collector. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you may have. All best offers will be considered. On May 31 , 1892, Charles G. Shepard and Peter Adams, both principles of the Shepard Hardware Company of Buffalo, New York were granted Design Patent Number 21,594 for their invention of the Artillery Mechanical Bank. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut. (Schreckinger, Sy “Mechanical Bank Notes”). Operation of the Artillery Bank is initiated by pulling back and cocking the large hammer at the rear of the cannon. This causes the artilleryman to raise his right arm in a “ready, aim” gesture. A coin is then inserted into the open muzzle, and the flat thumb piece behind the letter “K” is pressed. The soldier’s arm drops, as if giving the order to fire, and the hammer snaps forward, firing the coin into the fort, or tower. A paper exploding cap may also be placed in front of the hammer to add a more realistic touch to the action. The item “Rare Original 1892 Antique Cast Iron Shepard/Stevens Artillery Mechanical Bank” is in sale since Wednesday, September 20, 2017. This item is in the category “Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Cast Iron”. The seller is “2013scott1988″ and is located in Springfield, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States