BY SY SCHRECKINGER
A courageous and noble breed of animal is the bulldog. Its huge jaw and tenacious appearance designate it a worthy subject of mechanical banks, aptly able to guard or consume large amounts of coinage.
Several mechanicals produced during the latter portion of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries serve as well-chosen representatives of this square-jawed canine. In addition to “Jip the Jumper” several other examples include “Bulldog Coin On Nose”, “Bulldog Savings Bank”, “Boy and Bulldog”, “Spring Jawed Bulldog”, “John Bull’s Money Box”, “English Bulldog (Tin)”, etc.
For a period of time “Jip the Jumper” Bank had been inaccurately referred to as “Barking Dog Bank”. Its correct title, manufacturer or designer were
unknown. The mechanical was first discovered in 1961; only two additional examples emerged within the following twenty years.
Unfortunately, accurate identification pertinent to its heritage was limited to a few remnants of a manufacturer’s label affixed to the bank’s underside. Recently, however, a fourth example surfaced, this in almost mint condition. Its label was fairly complete, providing collectors and historians with relevant information. The aforementioned label revealed the following wordage:
JIP The JUMPER. The Dog That Barks. DIRECTIONS. Dog should be pushed way back as far as he will go. Then lift the little wire lever in front or push coin through the small slot in top and the dog will jump forward and bark. NATIONAL COMPANY, 167 Olive Street – Boston, Mass., U.S.A. Maker of Ragtime Rastus, the Famous Darkey Doll that dances to the music of phonographs.