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Original Shepard Hardware Cast Iron Jolly Nigger Mechanical Bank

Superbly Painted Eyes

Circa 1882: It is more than safe to say that the Jolly Nigger is the most popular mechanical bank ever created because no other mechanical bank has been made in more variations, manufactured in more nations, or produced for a longer span of time. Note that kingpin mechanical bank collector Steve Steckbeck kept only the first bank he ever acquired, Shepard Hardware’s Jolly Nigger, when he liquidated his vast collection at Morphy’s Auctions’ now historic Steckbeck sale. Shepard’s Jolly bank is the first one produced And is thus the most interesting to collectors of banks, Antique toys, And Black Americana, And it is this bank that retains its iconic status as the most famous 19th century comical image of the stereotypical African American. This pleasing example of Shepard’s Jolly has vibrant paint And extremely well done And well-preserved eyes, which make it both attractive And desirable to collectors. The bank is in perfect working order, retains its original “Made by Shepard Hardware Co. Buffalo N.Y.” base plate, has no chips, cracks, or repairs, And brandishes a completely original And untouched paint decorated surface.

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

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Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint


Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Cast Iron
Antique Mechanical Bank
For Sale: $495

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