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Painted Cast Iron "Jolly Nigger " Mechanical Bank

Auction:
2397
Lot:
560
Sold for:
$474

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2397
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
February 17, 2008 11:00AM

Description:

Painted Cast Iron "Jolly Nigger " Mechanical Bank, Shepard Hardware Co., Buffalo, New York, "Pat. Mar 14 '82," by placing a coin in the figure's hand and pressing the lever on the back, he raises his arm and swallows the coin as his eyes roll back and tongue retracts, (scattered paint wear), ht. 6 3/4 in.
Estimate $250-350

mechanics work, the front half of his jacket is painted darker than the rear half, but both paint look comparable in age, his bowtie is dark blue.

Keywords

Shepard Hardware Co., Anatomy, Digestive system, Nigger, Tongue

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