Painted surfaces appear to be in original condition. I believe that the teller’s wooden desk is a replacement. Otherwise, all original with no cracks or signs of repairs. This is the Halls Excelsior Bank, famous for the fact it is the earliest known and patented cast iron mechanical bank. That is quite a distinction for a cast iron mechanical, and it all started December 21. 1869, when the patent was issued to John Hall of Watertown, Massachusetts. To operate, the glass bead bell cord is pulled, causing the top to lift into the position as shown in the photo. As the top lifts, a coin is then placed on the desk and the weight causes the top to drop back in place with the coin falling inside the building. The item “1869 USA J & E STEVENS Hall’s Cast Iron Excelsior Bank In Original White, Nice” is in sale since Thursday, May 16, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Mechanical Banks”. The seller is “justloop” and is located in Fresno, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Material: Cast iron
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Brand: J & E Stevens
- Function: Gravity fed
- Year: US Patent Date 12/21/1869