Owl, Turns Head

Object Number: 
1940.467
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 )
Marks: 
cast: into plug beneath base: "PATD. FEB 2 1885." cast: beneath base: "NO 232628"
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.
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)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Henry M. Lucas
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group