Paddy and the Pig

Object Number: 
1937.679
Date: 
1882-1890
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 18.4 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
cast: beneath base: "ENG PAT JULY 28/1882./US PAT AUG 8/1882." cast: also beneath base: "1875 PAT FEB 2."
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of figure seated with feet pressed together, knees splayed out, holding pig (with nose facing up) between legs; caricature of Irishman with large head out of proportion to body, wearing hat with shamrock, knee breeches, stockings, and buckled shoes; when coin is placed on pig's nose, pressing the lever in back makes the pig kick the penny off of his nose; figure's eyes then roll back, his lower jaw moves, he sticks out his tongue, and the penny falls into Paddy's open mouth.
Gallery Label: 
This bank was based on Patent No. 262,361, taken out by James H. Bowen on August 8, 1882 (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