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Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank

19th Century Outstanding Original Paint Decoration

Circa 1888: Originally advertised as the Base Ball Bank, James H. Bowen’s superbly designed Dark Town Battery was manufactured and distributed by Cromwell, Connecticut’s J. & E. Stevens Company and stands as a lasting celebration of America’s first professional Negro Baseball League in 1887. This immensely popular and highly desirable mechanical bank is the finest piece of 19th century sporting Black Americana ever produced, and this example features and incredibly vibrant and nearly complete untouched paint decorated surface. Because this bank was so admired and well-used by children of the late Victorian period, one often finds this bank with a broken or repaired bat or a replaced pitcher’s arm and a far less than average surface, but this bank is in perfect working order with no chips, cracks, or repairs, completely original parts, and outstanding paint. The Darktown Battery is truly a crossover piece, appealing to collectors of Black Americana, sporting antiques, cast iron toys, and mechanical banks. Although this is one of the more common mechanical banks, examples of this quality are quite rare, and competition for superb examples of the Darktown Battery is fierce because collectors from different areas are forced to vie for them. This, in effect, always keeps the market for this fabulous 19th century American mechanical bank alive and well.

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

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Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint


Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Dark Town Battery Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Antique Cast Iron Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank
For Sale: $6,800

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