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Owl, Turns Head

Owl, Turns Head
Owl, Turns Head
Iron, glass, paint
Overall: 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 in. ( 19 x 9.5 x 7.6 cm )
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of owl with orange glass eyes (with black pupils) clinging to log, next to branch; owl painted red, with feet, log, and branch painted gold; cast details include feathers on head and breast and grain of wood; when coin is placed on branch and lever on back is pressed, owl turns head and coin is deposited in bank.
Credit Line 
Gift of Henry M. Lucas
Object Number 
cast: into plug beneath base: "PATD. FEB 2 1885." cast: beneath base: "NO 232628"
Gallery Label 
This bank was based on Patent No. 234,628, issued to James H. Bowen of Philadelphia, PA on September 28, 1880. (See Publications)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group