Cast Iron Golfer Mechanical Bank

This is a very modern reproduction of a Kenton Hardware Company cast iron coin bank design, 'Birdie Putt.' It has a 1920's looking golfer with a cigar in his mouth and a caddy with a bag of clubs awaiting a carefully placed putt. A coin would be placed in front of the golfer to represent the golf ball. Unfortunately many new copies of this bank (and others) rarely work as well as the originals. Sometimes they do not work at all.

These copies are still available for purchase brand new today from reproduction merchants, but they are invariably represented as 'vintage' pieces 40 or more years old. Items like this are often 'distressed' so they won't so much resemble the brand new merchandise they really are. The intent will be to make a piece look just a bit shabby and second-hand, with wear similar to that which might be expected on a truly old painted, cast iron item.

There is a plastic stopper in the bottom for easy coin removal, a feature that would never have been found on an original bank. The surface is grainy, not smooth, and while the colors mostly correspond to those that would have adorned an original, the overall detail of the painting is very poor. Note the modern Phillip's head screws visible on the backs of the players and on bottom, under the 'original' paint.

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Measures 6 3/4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches deep. The base is 1 1/2 inches tall.

Item ID: 2007RP000329

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