Lot # 148: 1880s Darktown Battery Mechanical Bank by Ives

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Steel17",
which ran from 2/15/2017 10:00 AM to
3/17/2017 9:00 PM

Here's a fine specimen with moving mechanical figures atop this desired cast iron bank, patented by James H. Bowen of Philadelphia and manufactured by J. & E. Stevens. Though it does bear imagery that today would be considered offensive, it is of current value to persons of all colors, shapes and sizes. The functioning spring-loaded, push-button coin bank features a pitcher, batter, and catcher engaging in a spirited game, all depicted in these classic stereotypes. This piece is in fine condition and is fresh to the market and sports the fragile original bat which is normally undetectably replaced.

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