Eagle and Eaglets

Eagle and Eaglets
Title
Eagle and Eaglets
Date 
1880-1890
Medium 
Iron, paint, glass
Dimensions 
Overall: 6 x 8 x 5 in. ( 15.2 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm )
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.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1392
Marks 
cast: beneath base: "PATJAN 23/1883"
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)
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group