Trick Pony

Trick Pony
Title
Trick Pony
Date 
ca. 1885
Medium 
Iron, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 5 x 3 in. ( 24.1 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm )
Description 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of prancing horse in front of trough, mounted on rectangular pedestal; horse painted brown with blue, red, and yellow saddle and bridle, balanced on short post painted blue and yellow; trough with curved top painted blue and yellow; front and back panels of pedestal with cast inscription; when coin is placed in mouth of pony and lever is pulled, a lid in the trough opens to allow for deposit of coin.
Credit Line 
Gift of Henry M. Lucas
Object Number 
1940.466
Marks 
cast: on sides of base: "TRICK PONY" cast: on front of base: "BANK" cast: beneath base: "PAT' JUNE 2 AND/JULY 7TH 1885"
Gallery Label 
This mechanical bank was based on Patent No. 321,650 issued to Charles G. Shepard and Peter Adams, Jr. on July 7, 1885. While this bank may be a different version of the one pictured in Penny Lane, it may also be an early reproduction. (See Publications)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group