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Uncle Sam Cast Iron Mechanical Bank

Circa 1886: Designed by Charles Shepard and Peter Adams Jr. and manufactured by Shepard Hardware Company in Buffalo, New York, the Uncle Sam is the most beloved and patriotic mechanical bank ever produced. Uncle Sam, in his usual dress stove pipe hat, blue full dress coat, and red and white striped trousers, leans on his ever-present umbrella and stands on a four by five inch gray base. On the base sits a brown carpet bag which opens when lever is pressed as the coin placed in Uncle Sam’s extended hand drops into it. At the same time, Sam's bearded chin rocks back and forth, simulating laughter. Patented June 8, 1886, this colorful antique mechanical bank's clever action has delighted folks for over 135 years and has made the iconic Uncle Sam mechanical bank the most widely collected piece of patriotic Americana ever created. This example, free of chips, cracks, and repairs, has fine all original paint with especially nice pants and eyes, which make it extememely visually appealing.

antique uncle sam cast iron mechanical bank

antique uncle sam cast iron mechanical bank

antique uncle sam cast iron mechanical bank

antique uncle sam cast iron mechanical bank

antique uncle sam cast iron mechanical bank

antique uncle sam cast iron mechanical bank

Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank

For Sale: $5,900

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