Antique ca. 1900-1931 A.C. Williams Cast Iron Skyscraper Still Penny Coin Bank *SOLD*
Antique ca. 1900-1931 A.C. Williams Cast Iron Skyscraper Still Penny Coin Bank for Sale
This is a beautiful “Sky-Scraper” cast iron still bank manufactured between 1900 and 1931 by A.C. Williams of Ravenna, Ohio. This skyscraper bank is all that is good with early American penny banks. It is well made, iconic in style, and does its job for storing pennies.
There is not much dust on the top, so colors are extra golden. Then the bottom has few scrapes, showing its well cared-for life. Though it may not be as big or glitzy as others, it is the second largest in this set of banks.
Our example of this cast iron Sky-Scraper still bank is in excellent all original condition with no restorations, repairs, breaks or touch ups. This is an incredibly nice example where, like with gems, these excellent details are so difficult to find. The paint is in excellent overall condition with the usual dust, patina, scratches, surface rust, scuffs and chips that are seen with age and display. This piece is approximately 2 ½” L x 2 ½” W x 5 ½” H. This would be a great addition to any architectural or still bank collection. We encourage you to examine the photographs to further determine condition and quality.
A brief history of A.C. Williams Co. of Ravenna, Ohio:
The A. C. Williams Company was founded in business in Chagrin Falls, Ohio in 1844. It was founded by John Wesley Williams, the father of A. C. Williams. However there was a big fire at the company, and a decision was made to move to Ravenna. Ohio. Actual production started there in 1893.
Like the other famous cast iron companies of the time (Hubley, Dent, Kilgore, Arcade, Kenton), A.C. Williams manufactured cast iron cars and trucks. From 1893 to 1923 they produced cast-iron horse-drawn rigs, autos, airplane, penny banks and tractor toys; the line included mostly miniatures distributed through Woolworth, Kresge`s, and other five-and-dime stores. They even produced some tin cars towards the end of the company’s relatively long history. Unfortunately, in 1938 they closed their toy production and continued in other ventures to this day.
|Dimensions||10 × 10 × 10 in|