What is it about clowns and children's toys? Clowns are scary. At least almost every toymaker had some kind of clown toy and almost every one of them can give you nightmares. Maybe clowns are really aimed at adults to scare them back to reality. Well, this bank is no exception. Scary clown face!
This bank is the design work of Fred Schnabolk, and uses his patent 2,463,433. The patent is from 1949, so we know that this bank was made post WWII, and probably in the 1950s. This is the Orange Hat version referring to the clown's hat. There is also a Red Hat version .
Size: 2 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches x 5/8 inch
Condition: The lithography on this bank is excellent. There are some faint scratches on the front, and some wear on the back. Notice the extra lithographic image on the back rather than just a painted surface. And take a look at the images on each side. Great lithography with scenes from the circus! We provide close-up pictures so you can not only see condition, but some extraordinary artwork not common in toys post WWII.
There is edge-wear so typical of this kind of bank. But because of its preciseness, it almost looks like a silver color rather than an absence of paint. This bank has been tested and it works well. Once Five Dollars has been reached, pressing the back panel will push in the panel. There is a pin that goes through the hole in the front of the bank, allowing the panel to open widely. This only happens once during the saving period.
Even though we aren't really clown fans, it is hard to find disfavor with the artwork on this bank .
This bank is also in excellent condition.
Um, yes we do have an example in our dime bank collection. The lithography is just too good not to have an example!