This is an interesting mechanical bank or money box. It is labelled "Speaking Dog". A young girl dressed in a yellow dress with red edges is seated and holding a paddle, and the dog is off-white with a yellow collar and brown ears. This does not appear to be the earliest original design, patented by The Shepard Hardware Company in October, 1885 but it certainly has some age. When a lever is pressed, the girl lifts a paddle in her right hand; part of the seat drops for the coin to fall in and the dog opens its mouth and wags its tail – thus working correctly. The condition is good for age with some scattered staining and paint loss. The base is in in good condition but is missing the plate to hold the money inside. The early examples have the girl wearing a red or blue dress. Despite the later date, if one does not have one of the quite expensive early examples, this would be a lovely addition to add to your collection or would help to start a newer collection! Maximum height 7.5 ins (19cm). Weight 2500 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 228.
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Cast Iron “Speaking Dog” Mechanical Bank, Vintage
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