Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - William Tell 1896

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 30, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

No reserve. I am relisting this bank due to an email from nonpaying bidder on two of my banks, this one and the Novelty Bank, also relisted. Since I can no longer leave bad feedback as a seller to warn you about this person, please note that this person ignored the invoices for the novelty bank and three emails and a nonpaying bidder claim from Ebay and then bid on this William Tell bank too. Today he informs me that he has to buy a new air conditioner and will not be paying for this bank or the other.

This is a cast iron working bank called "William Tell". . According to my reference book the bank was patented in 1896 on June 23 and that date is molded into the bottom as shown in the photo. T is a patent date on the coin cover that is February 2, 1875 and I was told that is standard by an expert. Height of the bank is 7 inches approx. and the length is 10 inches approx. My reference sets the value as 50% paint - $400; 80% paint - $900; 90% paint - $1,500 and 98% paint - $7,500. Genuine old paint. Looks like a large percentage is still t but t is allover paint loss. The spring works very strongly and fast. A coin is placed on William Tell's gun and when his shoe is pressed back on the base the gun fires the penny knocking the apple of his son's head and ringing a bell inside the tower. The apple has to be positioned by moving the child's arm.

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