While non-numismatic, many collectors also have an interest in old-fashioned mechanical banks. This weekend the Clive Devenish Bank
Collection was auctioned. Here are a few that caught my eye. -Editor
One of the best kept secrets in the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America club is the Clive Devenish Bank Collection, which will have
its initial public offering this October 3, 2015. Having been a dealer for over 40 years, Clive managed to quietly buy banks from some of
the greatest collections assembled throughout the years, such as Stanley Sax, Leon Cometto, and more recently Steven Steckbeck.
Clive's expert eye for quality, color, and beauty has amassed a collection worthy of bows of approval from collectors of all
TRICK DOG SIX-PART MECHANICAL BANK
Hubley, Lancaster PA, cast iron, c. 1910 Yellow clown and base, red barrel, amusing action, the coin is placed in the dog’s mouth, and
by touching the lever the dog jumps through the hoop and deposits the coin in the barrel, a popular seller for the company.
JONAH & THE WHALE MECHANICAL BANK
Shephard Hardware Co., New York , cast iron, circa 1890 Based on the biblical story , one of the most fascinating visually appealing of
banks, exceptional mold designing, the waves appear as if moving, this is one of the finest examples ever offered here, colors are
astounding. Place coin on Jonah’s head and press the lever; the man tosses Jonah forward and the whale opens his mouth. The coin slides off
Jonah’s head and into the whale’s mouth, releasing the lever causes the whale’s mouth to move in an up and down motion that lasts for
INITIATING SECOND DEGREE MECHANICAL BANK
Mechanical Novelty Works, New Britain CT, cast iron, patented 1880 Also known as “Goat, Frog and the Old Man,” an amusing casting
initially named the greedy frog, quite unusual imagery with intense details, very well designed and quite rare. Place coin on man’s plate
then lift goat’s tail, goat springs forward causing man to deposit coin into frog’s mouth.
PUNCH & JUDY MECHANICAL BANK
Shephard Hardware Co., New York, cast iron, patented 1884 Probably the most famous of puppet theaters, this example is vibrant and the
action epitomizes the best in mechanical bank ingenuity, a real masterpiece in casting form, Punch and Judy figures are in exceptional
condition. Pull lever to lock into position, place coin on Judy’s tray and press lever, action involves her turning in to deposit the coin
as Punch attempts to swing at her with club in hand.
To view the complete sale online, see:
The Clive Devenish 40-Year Bank
Collection I (www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/76842_the-clive-devenish-40-year-bank-collection-i/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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