This is the “CAT AND MOUSE” Mechanical Bank. It was designed and patented by James Bowen on April 21, 1891. It was manufactured by the J. This is a seldom seen bank, especially in the. Of the one being offered here tonight. This is a truly beautiful example of the “Cat and Mouse” bank and the paint is still. With its extremely colorful appearance, imposing size and intriguing subject matter it is understandable why the Cat and Mouse Bank is highly sought after by mechanical bank collectors. The action of the “Cat and Mouse” bank can be described as amusing and surprising. It is aptly explained in an 1891 Marshall Field and Company catalogue advertisement. Place a coin in front of the mouse over the cat, press the lever, and the coin disappears into the bank. The fancy kitten appears holding the mouse and ball. Handsomely ornamented in fancy colors. In order to activate the bank, the figure of the “balancing cat” must be pulled downward and snapped into place inside the back of the bank. This will reveal the figure of a mouse couching upon a small platform. The coin is placed in front of this mouse prior to activating the bank. The bank is in proper working order and has the typical Stevens’ coin plug. The bank is approximately 6″ long, 5″ wide and 11 1/2 tall. The item “Cast Iron CAT AND MOUSE Mechanical Bank Original Antique Toy” is in sale since Thursday, December 12, 2019. 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.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Featured Refinements: Cast Iron Mechanical Bank