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J. & E. Stevens Co. Tammany Bank “Little Fat Man” Cast Iron Mechanical Bank No. 230 for Sale

$650.00

J. & E. Stevens Co. Tammany Bank “Little Fat Man” Cast Iron Mechanical Bank No. 230

We have for you today the extremely desirable J. & E. Stevens Tammany Bank “Little Fat Man” cast iron mechanical bank designed by John Hall. This variation of the “Little Fat Man” has black hair/eyebrows/mustache, with extremely clean flesh colored face/hands, dark blue bow tie, white shirt, yellow vest, black jacket/shoes, and gray pants. The chair he sits on is tan “half scallop shell” design with orange trim. On the right side of the chair it says “Halls Pat’d” and on the left side it says “Tammany Bank.” Cast in to the back along the trim says, “Pat’d Dec. 28, 1873.” This bank has a sliding coin trap on the bottom in a matching tan color. Although it is hardly visible, on the coin trap it says, “June 8 1875.”

This bank has a weighted mechanism. When you put a coin in his hand he “pockets” the money and bows his head as a sort of thank you. The mechanism has been tested and works. It is in great all original condition with no restorations, repairs, breaks or touch ups. We detected surface rusting here and there, but overall the bank shows the usual patina, chips, scuffs, scratches, and wear that are to be expected from age and use. The bank is approximately 4” on the base from one foot to the back and approximately 5 ¾ tall. This would be a great addition to any mechanical bank collection. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.

 

 

A brief history of J. & E. Stevens of Cromwell, Connecticut

J. & E. Stevens of Cromwell, Connecticut operated between 1842 and in to the 1950’s. The founders were John and Elisha Stevens. When J. & E. Stevens began they first started making cast iron hardware, hammers and simple iron toys. Their metal fabrication line also included stubs, plates, door buttons, as well as, wardrobe, coat and hat hooks. They are believed to be one of the first manufacturers of cast iron toys in the United States. They manufactured toys such as, cannons, locomotives, whistling tops, toy irons, kettles, skillets, and stoves.

Throughout their time they made a variety of toys and are most famous for their more than 300 types of mechanical banks and cap pistols. The company specialized in cast iron mechanical banks from 1870 until the turn of the century. In 1859 they produced their first cap pistol and by 1928 they devoted themselves entirely to the production of cap pistols. An interesting side note is that, J. & E. Stevens supplied The Gong Bell Manufacturing Company of Hampton, Connecticut and Watrous Bell Toys with the castings for their bell toys. Elisha Stevens later joined George Brown to establish the Stevens & Brown. Brown and Elisha Stevens started a new toy enterprise in Cromwell in 1869 producing a variety of tin toys. During World War II the company closed due to the shortage of iron and the company was sold to Buckley Brothers of New York in 1950.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in