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Tin-Litho Wind Ups and other Unusual Americana

Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Bank I Always Did 'Spise a Mule »

Circa 1880: Patented to James Bowen on April 22, 1879 and manufactured by Cromwell, Connecticut's J & E Stevens Company in 1880, the iconic jockey over variation of the I Always Did 'Spise a Mule cast iron mechanical bank stands as one of the most recognizable pieces of 19th century Black Americana and is a must have for all collectors of antique mechanical banks and Black Americana. This example hasexcellent all original paint decoration with no touch-ups, has no chips, cracks, or repairs, and includes its coin trap. This timeless antique cast iron bank's mechanism functions perfectly and is sure to please its new owner.

For Sale: $1595


Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Bank Trick Dog »

Circa 1888: This late 1880s Hubley Trick Dog cast iron mechanical bank with six-part base has excellent original paint with no touch-ups, comes in completely original condition with no chips, cracks, repairs, and includes a key for the coin trap. The bank's mechanism works perfectly, and it is easy to see why the Trick Dog was popular with the youth of the late Victorian era and remains just as popular with 21st century mechanical bank collectors. who are sure to be pleased with this handsome 19th century American bank manufactured by Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Hubley Manufacturing Company.

For Sale: $1650


Antique Buddy L Express Line Truck in Original Paint

Antique Buddy L Screenside Express Line Van»

Circa 1920s: This superb 25" Buddy L Express Line Van is one of the wildly popular and highly desirable large pressed steel toy vehicles manufactured by Fred Ludahl's Moline Pressed Steel Company in Moline, Illinois, home of the famous John Deere tractor!

For Sale: $2,950


Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Painted Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank »

Very nice, working, original condition on this Antique Mechanical Clown on Globe Bank. Yellow based version also sports a unique ruffle, hat and costume combination.

For Sale: $3,450


Early American Antique Painted Tin Toy Elephant on Base with Wheels

Larger Elephant on Wheeled Platform
Early American Antique Painted Tin Toy »

Late Nineteenth Century: Collectors of early American tin will appreciate the larger size of this elephent on wheels and the abundance of original, untouched paint left on its surface. Lovely pink details decorate the mouth and trunk and a bright red sadle is trimmed in yellow. This antique American tin pulltoy will make a nice addition to any collection. Measures 8" long x 6" tall.

For Sale: $1,450

Antique Uncle Sam Patriotic Nodder Large German Americana Toy

Antique Uncle Sam Patriotic Americana Nodder»

Late Nineteenth Century: This large antique German Uncle Sam nodder is a fantastic find. The great long legs harken to the Palmer Cox Brownie figures of the era. Wonderful Red and White striped pants and a bright yellow vest with little black buttons, a fancy blue tail coat, white gloves and a tall top hat dress up this wonderful antique Americana toy.

For Sale: $1,650

W.S. Reed Toy Company The Five Jolly Darkies Way down in Old Virginia The Old Plantation Black Americana

Antique Paper Chromolitho Black Americana Mechanical Toy »

1881-1896: W.S. Reed Toy Company was founded in 1881 in Leominster Massachusetts. Interesting paper chromo-litho depicting a two man band consisting of a fiddle player and a bones player. Bones is a musical clacking of loose rib bones, or simple sticks, that produce a much sharper sound than the zydeco or washboard and mimicsrattling a bone up and down a fixed ribcage. Nice to see a depiction of Early African American folk art music, rather than some of the more derogatory scenes. Wooden crank on side moves characters up and down and produces the clacking sound.

For Sale: $1,650

Punch and Judy Mechanical Bank

Punch and Judy Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1884: This bank represents a typical Punch and Judy theatre, scenery, curtain and all. Judy receives the coin in a plate in her hand, a lever is pressed and Punch rushes forward brandishing a club, when Judy turns quickly and deposits the coin in the bank. Name "Punch and Judy Bank" above the stage opening. Two varieties, one has smaller letters in the name than the other. Buffalo, N.Y. July 15, 1884.

For Sale: $2950

Antique Cast Iron mechanical bank for sale, jonah and the whale

Jonah and the Whale Antique Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1890: Designed by Peter Adams, Jr. and produced by Shepard hardware Company of Buffalo, New York, the Jonah and the Whale mechanical bank plays on the famous Old Testament story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale. However, in true comic fashion, this version of the bank depicts Jonah feeding the whale coins and is meant instead to teach children the moral value of saving money.

For Sale: $4,950

Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Lines Trolley Car  Circa 1890-1894

Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Trolley Car »

Circa 1890-1894 | Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Lines Trolley Car with white horse.

For Sale: $1,895

Antique Humpback Teddy Bear, Early American Bear for Sale

Early Humped Back Teddy Bear »

Long arms, long snout, long mohair and humped back bring great character to this old bear.

For Sale: $795

Antique American Game Board in Original Red and White Paint

Antique Double Sided Gameboard in Original Red & White Paint »

Great Original Surface: Fresh from a local Vermont estate is this wonderful antique American gameboard in original red and white paint.

For Sale: $1,350

Rare Antique Game of Nosey

The Game of Nosey »

This early McLoughlin Brothers game was designed by the infamous Man on the Moon Game artist. Its beautiful lithography is shocking to the eye.

For Sale: $350

Mickey Mouse Tin Wind Up Linemar Antique Toy Pluto Wind up

Mickey Mouse Tin Wind Up »

Excellent condition on this early Linemar wind up vintage Mickey Mouse toy in great working condition

For Sale: $595

Antique Cast Iron Arcade Fageol Safety Coach

Antique Arcade Fageol Safety Coach Cast Iron Vehicle »

Freeport, Illinois, Circa 1925-1931
Rarely found in orange, this large 12" Arcade Fageol Safety Coach retains an incredible original panted surface and is fantastic condition. Here is an outstanding find for a collector who wants a classic American cast iron toy in a very hard to find color!

For Sale: $795

Antique Cast Iron Fire Truck Original Red Paint Hubley For Sale

Antique Hubley Cast Iron Fire Truck »

Circa 1930: 14" Long, Original Red Paint. Hubley cast iron fire truck in original red paint, circa 1930. Hubley was the largest and longest producer of cast iron toys and it is here, in the fired departments ladder truck that Hubley celebrates the growing efforts of the early 20th century volunteer fireman. Three drivers, cast in great detail.

For Sale: $1,195

New Creedmoor Antique Mechanical Bank For Sale

New Creedmoor Mechanical Bank »

New Creedmoor mechanical bank in original polychrome painted finish with William Tell figure shooting penny into tree stump, base with raised escutcheon reading New Creedmoor Bank with patent number, 2.8" x 10.15" x 6.75" high. A very interesting mechanical bank that was designed to fire a gunpowder cap while sending coin into tree truck.

For Sale: $700

Double Sided Parcheesi and Checkers Antique Game Board

Double Sided Parcheesi and Checkers Antique Game Board »

Circa 1900: Both sides of this striking and large handmade antique gameboard are incredibly graphic with super visual pop, high contrast, and the best original painted surface. The unusual corner blocks on the Parcheesi board attract the eye and point the viewer to the game's central home square. The reverse is equally pleasing with its over-sized Nova Scotian checkerboard and its wide expanse of dark Indian red paint. This handsome example of turn of the century utilitarian folk art is sure to please even the most advanced collector.

For Sale: $2,250

Antique Game Board  American Conneticut Checker Board in Original Paint

Antique American 4 Color Paint Decorated Game Board »

Circa 1880: Here is a wonderful four-color checkerboard in an unusual and pleasing color scheme: brown, hunter green, mustard, and black. This Connecticut gameboard was obviously made by a professional, perhaps a carriage painter as evidenced by the thin green border and well-painted squares, and is in untouched original condition with the good, honest wear advanced collectors like to see. This lovely antique checkerboard is an excellent example of 19th century American folk art and will compliment any collection of early game boards, antique country primitves, or high quality americana.

For Sale: $1250

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank For Sale

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1888: Originally advertised as the Base Ball Bank, James H. Bowen’s superbly designed Dark Town Battery was manufactured and distributed by Cromwell, Connecticut’s J. & E. Stevens Company and stands as a lasting celebration of America’s first professional Negro Baseball League in 1887. This immensely popular and highly desirable mechanical bank is the finest piece of 19th century sporting Black Americana ever produced, and this example features and incredibly vibrant and nearly complete untouched paint decorated surface.

For Sale: $9,400


Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank For Sale

Two Frogs Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1882: Originally marketed as the Bullfrog Bank and the Frog Bank, James H. Bowen’s strikingly visual Two Frogs mechanical bank was manufactured by Cromwell, Connecticut bank giant J. & E. Stevens Company and imitates, in comic fashion, a frog catching its prey, in this case a child’s coin... nearly mint untouched paint decorated surface.

For Sale: $6,500


Boy Scout Camp Mechanical Bank For Sale

Boy Scout Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1912-1917: The Boy Scout Camp Bank does not often find its way to the open marketplace, and this wonderful example of the scarce and complex J. & E. Stevens Company masterpiece mechanical bank is attributed to highly acclaimed bank designer Charles A. Bailey and celebrates the 1910 formation of The Boy Scouts of America.

For Sale: $3,400


Previously Sold Pieces:
arcade cast iron fageol bus for sale large 12 inch size: brilliant original blue paint

Arcade Cast Iron Fageol Bus »

Brilliant blue paint and great form on this early antique cast iron Arcade large 12" Fageol Bus


Bull Dog Cast Iron Mechanical Bank For Sale

Bull Dog Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1880: Cromwell, Connecticut cast iron bank manufacturers J. & E. Stevens Company relied on James H. Bowen to create the visually formidable Bull Dog Bank or, as it was first named, the Bull Dog Bank, Coin on Nose. It is easy to see that any youngster of the day would consider the fearsome bulldog with its penetrating glass eyes and disturbing toothy jaws a perfect receptacle to guard his hard-earned coins. After all, one would have to be out of his mind even to consider stealing from a creature so ferocious as the ever-attendant bulldog. This eye catching antique mechanical bank features a superb untouched paint decorated surface, perfect action, and no chips, cracks, or repairs, is of true collector quality, and will surely be a hit in any fine collection of Americana, banks, or antique cast iron toys.



Antique Halloween Dancing Witch and Pumpkin Windup German Paper Mache Toy

Antique Halloween Windup Toy Dancing Witch and Pumpkin »

Collectors of early toys, windups and halloween toys will rejoice at this example. Perfectly preserved and working, this rare antique Halloween windup of a dancing witch and pumpkin wheels playfully around. Recently acquired and fresh to the market the condition of this example is stupendous.


Magician Mechanical Bank For Sale

Magician Antique Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1901: Designed by virtuoso bank inventor Charles A. Bailey for Cromwell, Connecticut’s J. & E. Stevens Company, the Magician Bank is based on the timeless vanishing rabbit trick.  When one places a coin under the magician’s top hat and presses the lever, the hat covers the coin, and the coin “magically disappears,” sliding down a cleverly designed (and hard to detect) chute. Upon the lever’s release, the magician raises his hat, revealing an empty table. This ingenious optical illusion was sure to delight its young turn of the century owners and help them save their change for that proverbial rainy day.



Antique Cast Iron Arcade Yellow Cab

Arcade Yellow Cab »

Circa: 1920s Freeport, IllinoisA cast iron flat-top yellow cab car with painted orange body, black roof, nickel-plated tires, orange painted hubs, and original seated driver, marked Arcade ht. 4.5, wd. 9 in.


Early American Tin Horse and Rider Bell Toy Antique Pull Toy Althoff Bergmann For Sale

Althof Bergmann Early American Tin
Articulated Horse and Rider Bell Toy »

Circa 1870: Early American tin horse and rider pull toys don't get any better than this handsome 14" x 12" Althof Bergmann jumbo articulated bell toy with early heart-shaped wheels that approximate a horse's gait and facilitate the ringing of the bell when the toy is in motion. Condition is excellent on this rare beauty, with only a couple spots of solder on the tips of the feet and one leg possibly soldered from the inside. The paint is original, and for a 150-year-old tin toy that was never primed, one should consider the paint as truly excellent. The large size of this wonderful antique tin toy will make it the centerpiece of any advanced toy collection. Moreover, this toy was once owned by the late famed toy and folk art collector and author Bernard Barenholtz (American Antique Toys, 1830-1900) and has come to us through storied Americana dealers Steven Score, Marilyn Simmons, and Tom Rawson. If you are looking for an outstanding early American tin toy with first class provenance, then this fantastic Althof Bergman Jumbo horse and rider pull toy should fit the bill.


Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank

William Tell Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1896: The Bank features the figure of William Tell pointing his rifle at an apple on the head of his young son who stands in front of a castle tower. The William Tell Bank was patented in 1896 by Russell Frisbie and manufactured by J & E. Stevens for a several years. It remains one of the most popular mechanical banks ever produced. This example has good original paint with no touch-ups, breaks, or repairs and comes to you in completely original condition.jonah



Antique Speaking Dog Mechanical Bank For Sale

Original Shepard Hardware Co. Speaking Dog Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1885: Shepard Hardware Company’s Speaking Dog mechanical bank was so popular that, when J. & E. Stevens took over Shepard’s line of mechanical banks, they produced their own version of the bank. The Speaking Dog, like the Girl Skipping Rope, is one of a handful of mechanical banks marketed specifically for girls. Note that this bank does not rely on stereotypical imagery but on the pure innocent beauty of a yellow-haired Caucasian girl petting her friendly and obedient dog as it wags its tail in approval. This bank has no chips, cracks, or repairs and has an above average untouched original painted surface.



Early American Tin 19th Century Animal Drawn Wagon Elephant Rider Original Painted Surface Pull Toy For Sale

Early American Tin Pull Toy: Elephant and Rider Pulling Cart»

Circa 1890-1910: Early American tin toys are difficult to find in any condition; so this lovely and unusual late 19th to early 20th century elephant drawn cart measuring just over six inches in length is sure to please even the most fastidious and avid collector.


Magic Bank Cast Iron Mechanical Bank For Sale

Magic Bank Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1876: The J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut manufactured Henry W. Prouty’s Magic Bank in a number of color variations, and this handsome light green version is a real stunner. This bank is interesting because it accepts coins in two ways: mechanically via the cashier on the reverse side of the bank’s entrance and manually through a coin slot on the bank’s roof.



Antique Schoenhut Roly Poly Clown

Antique Schoenhut Roly Poly Clown »

The earliest Schoenhut patent for their Rolly Dolly line of toys is Dec 2, 1902. At least 70 designs were made over many years of production. These toys were made from composition material and had a weight imbedded in their bottoms so they would right themselves, in a rolling motion, when tipped over - thus their name. 


Mule Entering Barn Cast Iron Mechanical Bank For Sale

Mule Entering Barn Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1880: The Mule Entering Barn was one of three spring-operated mechanical banks created by independent Boston, Massachusetts, designer Edward L. Morris for Cromwell, Connecticut’s storied manufacturing firm the J. & E. Stevens Company. This bank portrays the stereotypical stubborn mule that does not want to go easily into its stall. The action on this unique mechanical bank is so swift and fierce that th



Elephant Howdah Man Pops Out Mechanical Bank

Original Elephant Howdah (Man Pops Out)
Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1880: One of only two mechanical banks manufactured by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Enterprise Manufacturing Company, famous for their production of painted coffee grinders and other cast iron accessories, the Elephant Howdah (Man Pops Out) bank brought to the child’s imagination the exotic east Indian culture where people trained the gargantuan pachyderm and harnessed its legendary might as a symbol of their own power and wealth. This neat antique American mechanical bank works perfectly, has no chip, cracks, or repairs, and is decked in completely original and untouched paint decoration. This is a perfect starter bank on which beginning collectors can wet their whistles.


Girl Skipping Rope Mechanical Bank For Sale

Original Girl Skipping Rope Mechanical Bank »

Fresh to the Market with No Apologies: Circa 1890: There are approximately 30 original Girl Skipping Rope mechanical banks known today, and it is extremely rare and exciting when an undocumented example of this holy grail of mechanical banks surfaces on the open market. This bank was found on the fireplace mantel of a New York home and had been passed down through the family since its purchase in 1890. In other wordsv, this bank has never seen the inside of an auction house or has never been passed through another collector’s hands and is an important and completely fresh to the market specimen of this truly wondrous invention. The J. & E. Stevens Company’s Girl Skipping Rope is mechanical bank designer James H. Bowen’s paramount creation.



Trick Pony Mechanical Bank For Sale

Trick Pony Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1885: Designed by Wilmington, North Carolina’s Juleus Mueller for the Shepard Hardware Company of Buffalo, New York, the Trick Pony is modeled from the wildly popular carousel horse. In the child’s imagination, the carousel horses come alive when the ride lurches into gear and the wooden steeds begin their circular jaunt. Similarly, the Trick Pony resting on its decorated column and adorned in carousel horse’s garb, comes to life when its button is pressed and its head moves forward to drop the coin in its maw into the slot. In effect, this handsome 19th century American mechanical bank truly does epitomize the one trick pony. This specimen has perfect action, is free of any chips, cracks, or repairs, and retains a fine untouched original vibrantly paint decorated surface.



Double Sided Parcheesi and Checkers Antique Game Board

9 Color Double SIded Antique Game Board »

Circa 1890: This stunning antique American gameboard recently found in Lancaster County Pennsylvania has both bold and muted colors in its nine color scheme. Charming, handpainted "Home" adorns the middle of the parcheesi board, while superbly unusual colors mark the home paths, nests, safe spaces, and blockades. Flip side is a wonderful checkerboard painted on faux grain and finely trimmed in mustard. Measures 22 1/2" square


Antique American Game Board in Original Mustard and Black Paint

Antique American Gameboard in Original Yellow and Black Paint »

Great Original Surface: Fresh from a local Vermont estate is this wonderful antique American gameboard in original yellow and black paint.


Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank in All Original Paint

Jolly Nigger Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

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.


Bing Teddy Bear: Antique Teddy Bear For Sale

Circa 1920 20" Bing Teddy Bear »

This rare Bing bear is in superb original condition. In their price guide Buying & Selling Teddy Bears published in 2000, teddy bear experts Terry and Doris Michaud place a value on this bear at $4,500.00. You can own this fantastic 20" Bing teddy bear for a fraction of that price!


Unique and Rare Antique Paddy and the Pig Mechanical Bank For Sale

Paddy & the Pig Mechanical Bank »

James H. Bowen of Philadelphia, Pa., was the inventor and designer of Paddy And The Pig. It was manufactured by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Conn. They pictured it for sale in a number of their catalogs and at the time the name "Shamrock Bank" was used.



Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank

Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1886-1892: Shepard Hardware Co., designed by Charles Shepard & Peter Adams, patentedJune 8th, 1886. This wonderful Uncle Sam mechanical bank has especially well-painted eyes! This highly prized bank is in completely original condition with no touch ups or repairs. It even comes with its original key!


Antique Game 19th Century McLoughlin Brothers Chiromagica game for sale

Antique Game: Chiromagica 1879, McLoughlin Bros. NY »

19th Century American game from the McLoughlin Brothers, features a fabulous wizard with wand surrounded by novelties. The lithography is fantastic and the condition is extremely good. The game is complete, working, and a joy to play.


Antique Schoenhut Jointed Wooden Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat by Schoenhut »

Circa 1925: Nice large 8" size. Painted, wooden, fully jointed, with original stickers and leather ears. Copyrighted by Pat Sullivan.


Elephant Swings Trunk  Mechanical Bank

Elephant Swings Trunk Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1905: Scarce Large Gold Version— This nice Ravenna, Ohio, A. C. Williams Manufacturing Company Elephant Swings Trunk – Large cast iron mechanical banks simply moves its trunk when a coin is inserted into its slot. The bank features a completely original and untouched painted surface, has no chips, cracks, or repairs, and works perfectly. This is a great little beginning tier antique cast iron mechanical bank in the scarce gold paint version, and will fit in perfectly into a collection of period toys or banks.



Antique Toys: Cast Iron Mechanical Banks and Tin Windups

Early Americana and Other Fine American Antiques