This bank is listed & an example is pictured in the Andy Moore still bank book on page 118 item #1198. This bank was produced by the Kyser & Rex Co. As mentioned in the Moore book. Clearly the castings are of the very fine quality that Kyser & Rex is known for. On the front of the door the original brass combination lock has letters for the positions in the combination. Underneath the bank incised in the casting is the wording : Pat. The bank measures 6 7/8 inches tall by 5 7/8 inches wide by 2 7/8 inches deep. The bank has a weight of 2 pounds 4 ounces. The bank still retains the vast majority of the original paint & finish. The door has some areas of minor surface rust. The bank has never been cleaned & is just like we found it. There are no paint touch-ups, & no repairs of any kind to the iron. There are seven tiny casting flaws to the mullions located in the windows on the top tower area of the bank. These flaws are very minor & we absolutely 100% guarantee that these occurred in the original making of the bank. The vast majority of the modest number known of this bank have some of these mullion casting flaws. In over 50 years of examining various examples of this bank I don’t remember ever seeing a single example without some mullion flaw or flaws in the making. The brass lock on the front of the door is frozen solid & does not turn. The inside lock mechanism is incomplete & there are some small pieces missing from the interior lock mechanism. The inside screw is an old replacement which holds the one original turning wheel which is still present. The brass dial would probably turn easily if the old replacement screw were taken out & the interior mechanism was fixed. Underneath the bank there is an old penciled inscription which we are unable to read & and also there is an old paper label. This Tower bank is certainly a wonderful & intricate design of great visual beauty. One of the superior achievements of design & casting quality produced by the renown Kyser & Rex Company of Frankford, Pa. This item is inventory #8767. Is an estimate and the actual cost may differ. International Buyers Please Note. The item “1890-1891 TOWER IRON STILL BANK with DIAL, Made by KYSER & REX of FRANKFORD, PA” is in sale since Saturday, August 8, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Still, Piggy Banks\Other Collectible Still Banks”. The seller is “imajgin” and is located in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Material: Cast Iron
- Brand: Kyser & Rex Co.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States