Antique Arcade Ca. 1920’s Cast Iron “Yellow Cab Bank” Still Bank *SOLD*
Antique Arcade Ca. 1920’s Cast Iron “Yellow Cab Bank” Still Bank
This “Yellow Cab Bank” is a still cast iron bank manufactured by the Arcade Manufacturing Company, of Freeport, Illinois. This Arcade model was manufactured from about 1923-1926.
This one is in great condition and is embossed on the underside “ARCADE” AND “MADE IN U.S.A. It retains its original driver and steel wheels and although there is play wear it still retains a large percentage of its original black and orange paint. The “Yellow Cab.Co.” lettering is mostly worn away on the right side but on the left side of the cab the lettering is clear and legible. Arcade cabs were designed with mesh side and back windows to keep the coins inside. The resulting look is quite classy and it will display wonderfully.
Our example of this still bank is in great all original condition with no restorations, repairs, breaks or touch ups. We did note that it appears that someone at some point in this banks past used shoe polish to fill in areas where the paint was chipped or missing. We did not remove it because we were afraid of damaging the paint. The bank shows the usual patina, chips, scuffs, scratches, and wear that are to be expected from age and use. It is approximately 8” x 3” x 4 ¼”. This would be a great addition to any cast iron bank collection. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.
A brief history of Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois:
The Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois was originally founded as Novelty Iron Works by Edward H. and Charles Morgan in 1868, and conducted business in two small buildings with a staff of ten people.
The company operated between the years 1868 to 1946. They began making toys and coffee mills and then moved to a new site in 1893 (after fires, financial issues, and changing their name from Novelty Iron Works).
Arcade toy catalogs appear to start at 1902 and as late as 1939. Arcade`s toy line included over 300 toy items. Yellow Cab was their first successful toy followed by Andy Gump in 348 and Chester Gump in His Pony Cart. Arcade also made toy banks, doll house furniture, and cast-iron penny toys.
|Dimensions||12 × 12 × 12 in|