Mechanical bank: Organ

Object Number: 
1937.1236
Date: 
ca. 1881
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 7/8 x 4 x 3 in. ( 14.9 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
cast: on front: "ORGAN BANK" cast: on reverse: "PAT. MAY 31. 1881
Description: 
Cast iron semi-mechanical bank in the form of monkey sitting cross-legged on top of organ, holding tray in one hand and hat in the other, joined by a turnpin; organ with cast decoration consisting of pipes on front, floral swags on lower section, standing on four feet; cast inscription on front of organ; when coin is placed on tray and crank is turned clockwise, the monkey lowers the tray and deposits the coin, while he tips his hat forward and bells ring.
Gallery Label: 
This bank was based on Patent No. 242,139, issued to Louis Kyser and Alfred C. Rex on May 31, 1881 (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