Eagle and Eaglets

Object Number: 
1937.1392
Date: 
1880-1890
Medium: 
Iron, paint, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 8 x 5 in. ( 15.2 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm )
Marks: 
cast: beneath base: "PATJAN 23/1883"
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of a large eagle mounted on a pedestal with two eaglets mounted at edge of nest; eagle with glass eyes and jointed wings and body, base textured to represent natural environment, with nest; coin is placed in mouth of large eagle; when lever under tail is pressed, the large eagle leans forward and drops the coin into the nest, and the eaglets swallow the coin.
Gallery Label: 
This mechanical bank was based on Patent No. 271,200, issued to Charles M. Henn on January 23, 1883, and assigned to J. & E. Stevens Co. (See Publications)
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group