This pattern first shows up in the Kenton Hardware Manufacturing Company catalog of 1901, although the picture shows a slightly different door with "Home Savings Bank" printed on it. This is an early twentieth century toy safe bank. At some point in its long life it was painted green; the paint itself is very old and is wearing off so it was likely painted fifty years ago or more. One word about these banks - the mechanisms are primitive and easily "hacked". With any degree of patience you can usually break in to one. They are indeed toys. However, they are not easy to repair. For this one we found the correct size cotter pin and put the notched wheels back in the proper order and orientation, so it now functions as designed. We'll send along instructions on how to open this pretty and ornate old bank. It has a great vintage look and will make a nice addition to any toy collection, but looks great on its own as a novelty decorative. For the wannabe banker in your life - or for you, to lock away your little secrets. Measures tall 4 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches deep. Heavy!
Note: many toy safe banks feature a center rod that runs through the piece. These rods are usually bent, because the bend creates the tension that holds the iron top and bottom iron plates together. When you see this, it is not damage, it is the intended construction of the bank.
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