Banks, Mechanical Bank Notes — March 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

Bird and Tower Bank

Bird and Tower Bank
Bird and Tower Bank
BY SY SCHRECKINGER

THE DISCOVERY of a heretoforeunknown mechanical bank has always, for the serious collector, been accompanied by feelings of excitement.

Uncovering the heritage of such an example can prove to be a challenging and worthwhile project.

“Bird And Tower” Bank, the subject of this article, is a most interesting and attractive example of such a find. The subject itself represents a popular category of mechanicals. The portrayal of one of our fine-feathered friends was no stranger to early mechanical bank designers both in this country and abroad. Notable examples included: “Bird On Roof”, “Eagle And Eaglets”, “Cockatoo Pelican”, “Feed The Goose”, “Hen And Chick”, “Monkey And Parrot”, “Owl Slot In Head”, “Owl Slot In Book”, “Owl Turns Head”, “Pelican Bank”, “Spring Jawed Penguin”, “Rooster Bank”, “Two Ducks Bank”, “Tin Woodpecker”, etc….

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