BY SY SCHRECKINGER
THE CHOICE FOR discussion, this article, is a most charming toy penny bank. “Robin On Clock Bank” is a tasteful and artistic portrayal of the beauty of nature.
Ironically, the peaceful and serene appearance of this bank belies its country of origin and the era of its manufacture. Early twentieth century Germany was immersed in turmoil. Its population faced the threat of impending economic depression and political unrest. On the brink of war, the nation looked to the creation of new and innovative exports as a means of financial salvation.
Renowned companies operating in Germany, such as Bing Bros. Metalware (Nürnberg), Gottfried Quitmann (Lünen), Otto and Max Hauser (Stuttgart), Ernst L Dittmar and Edmund Hunger (Dresden), had heretofore produced and/or distributed tin plate and zincalloy products solely for common domestic usage. Their efforts then became focused upon the manufacture of a multitude of ingenious toys and penny banks specifically intended for foreign market export. “Robin On Clock” was one example. It was a creatively and colorfully painted zinc-alloy and tin plate penny bank.