Description: Old and rather uncommon very nice painted cast iron still penny bank. The bank is cast in the form of an owl standing on a square platform with its ears and large round yellow eyes. The bank is colored in off-white coloring on the front and gray on the back and sides. The bank is made of two parts held together with a screw , which appears to be original to the bank. The casting is very well done and shows great details of the owl's face and plumage as well as its ears and toes. The bank appears to be all original and retains most of its original paint. It has the coin slot on the back of the owl's head. This is a very nice looking uncommon penny bank in very good condition. Please see page 90 in Andy and Susan Moor's Book "The Penny Bank Book: Collecting Still Banks" Published by Schiffer Books in 1984, for a photo of a similar example (bank number 597). Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but known to have been made in 1930's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in South eastern Pennsylvania. The bank was made by Vindex Toys Belvidere Illinois.
Size: The bank measures ~4 1/4" at its tallest with the base measuring ~2 1/2" by ~2 1/2". The bank weighs over one pound and 1 ounces.
Maker: Vindex Toys. Marks: We have opened the bank and found the following markings in raised lettering; on one side it has "Vindex Toys Belvidere IL" with the number 1 to the side, on the other side the number 8 (see the last two photos).
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a great and rare still penny bank which would make a nice addition to your collection.
Condition: The bank is in very good condition. It has no breaks and no repairs. It is all original with its original screw and retains most of its original gold and red paint (>80%). The bank shows some soiling, scratches to the surface, and paint losses especially on the beak , top of the ears, and the base. A great looking rare bank worthy of a spot in your collection. Please view photos to appreciate beauty of this beautiful bank and for additional condition information.