Please note – I have no knowledge of its history. Stamped with an 1896 patent date on the bottom. Paint loss and wear. Missing the coin plug on the base. Long stem on apple is missing/broken off. Head on figure is loose/floppy. Hat portion of the head has broken off at the base (where his neck is). How it is supposed to work: Make sure the boy’s arm is down so the apple is on his head. Pull the coin launcher back until it is locked into position. The figure lowers his head as if aiming. Place a coin on the rifle. Press down on the shooter’s right foot. The coin is fired into the castle knocking the apple off the boy’s head. On this piece that is listed. The mechanical function of the launcher locking and the foot release shooting the coin works fine. With the head being loose/hat broken off, the head movement of the shooter in relation to the the setting of the coin launcher doesn’t really work. I tried using a nickel and a penny (both of newer years). Despite the long stem on the apple being gone, both coins knocked off the apple and were shot into the castle without apparent issue. The bank measures approximately 10.5″ long and is about 6.75″ at its tallest. Please see pictures to review condition. Comes as you see pictured. The item “Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Coin Bank William Tell” is in sale since Wednesday, August 21, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Mechanical Banks”. The seller is “maniac_marks” and is located in Hillsboro, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Brand: J & E Stevens Co.
- Featured Refinements: Cast Iron Mechanical Bank