Here is an item that was really destined to be something else-and definitely not a savings bank. But what do you do when you are a toy company which was commandeered to make military ordnance for World War II, and you have a surplus of empty warheads at the end? Well, you turn them into banks! And that’s what Julius Chein did.
Put on a bottom with a coin trap, and a decal with a US Shield to get people to save, and you have an instant hit. No pun intended.
Size: 4 ¾ inches tall; 2 ½ inches in diameter at the base.
Condition: The cone is painted army green (what else?) and has a few scratches. The decal is worn around the edges and has a couple of scrapes on the main body. The grey metal cap at the bottom of the shell shows wear.
This bank displays well and is a jarring reminder of a dangerous time for the United States. We are very happy that Chein was able to go back to making toys instead of weaponry at the end of the war.
These banks were a limited run, thankfully, and have become hard to find.
Chein WWII Small Military Shell Warhead Tin/Steel Bank