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Owl, Turns Head

Owl, Turns Head
Title
Owl, Turns Head
Date 
1880-1920
Medium 
Iron, glass, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 in. ( 19 x 9.5 x 7.6 cm )
Description 
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 
1940.467
Marks 
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