The Yellow Garage Antiques presents an antique cast iron Tammany mechanical bank. The workings of the bank were patented by John Hall in 1873. The J & E Stevens Co. of Cromwell, CT introduced the bank in 1875 and produced it until about 1920. The label Tammany Bank on the sides of the chair indicates a later version of the production. Stamped into the back of the chair is “patented Dec 23, 1878”. The bank has also been known as “Boss Tweed” and “Little Fat Man Bank” after the main character in the Tammany Hall scandals. The working mechanics run smoothly. When a coin is placed in the hand the arm drops down and puts the coin in the banker’s jacket pocket and he nods his head just as “Boss” Tweed would have done. The bank has its original paint and finish with age appropriate wear as seen in the pictures. The door to the coin trap has been replaced. For serious collectors of antique cast iron mechanical banks the Tammany Bank is the centerpiece of almost everyone’s bank collection.
Measures: 5 3\4” High 4 1\4” Deep 3” Wide