Mechanical Bank "Tammany", American, circa 1873

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Although "Tammany Bank" was patented and initially produced in 1873, it had quite a long run and was manufactured for many years after that, undergoing several variations; initially being called "Little Fat Man Bank" it was later named "Tammany Bank". It was manufactured in Cromwell, Connecticut by the J. & E. Stevens Company.

The operation is quite simple; place a coin in the man's hand; the weight of the coin drops his arm and releases the coin into his vest as he "pockets the money". It could be that by pocketing the money in his vest he is simulating the corruption of "Boss Tweed", a notorious crooked New York politician of Tammany Hall during the 1870s, thus perhaps the name change for the bank at that point in time.

This cast iron bank is in excellent all all original condition with no repairs, no repaint and no touch up of any kind, and is one of the best examples I've had. It is also the more rare "brown pants" variation.
"Pat.d Dec. 23, 1873" embossed at the top rear of the bank (see image).

Bank is 4 7/16" long at the base and 6" high x 3 1/2" wide (overall).
J. & E. Stevens Co. (Manufacturer)
Of the Period
Folk Art
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
circa 1873
Materials and Techniques
Cast   Iron
Excellent. All original paint..
6 in. H x 3.5 in. W x 4.44 in. D
15 cm H x 9 cm W x 11 cm D
Dealer Location
Incline Village, NV
Number of Items
Reference Number
Clive Devenish Antiques
(510) 900-5637
1stdibs Dealer since 2013 Located in Incline Village, NV
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