Mechanical bank: Organ

Mechanical bank: Organ
Title
Mechanical bank: Organ
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1236
Marks 
cast: on front: "ORGAN BANK" cast: on reverse: "PAT. MAY 31. 1881
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).
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group