I bought this little bank for a friend from Iowa and then as it does many times, it did not quite work out. In 1919 The Banker's S & C System of Cleveland, Ohio patented these little guys. They were designed to be a give away premium for new savings accounts. This one has that information on the bottom plate as well as the # 95166 which normally indicated the savings account number at the bank. In this case the bank was the Farmer's Savings Bank of Garrison, Iowa. The name plate on the front appears to be copper (I shined it up) and the rest is probably made to appear copper, but may actually be copper I don't know. The piece of wood on the top is an actual piece of wood . The key comes with it, and yes it does work. This is an AS-IS NO RESERVE sale. Shipping is a flat $6.50. I will ship internationally at actual cost.