Antique Cast Iron Merry-go-around or Carousel Penny Bank Lion, Horse, Camel
Description: An interesting and rather unusual antique cast iron penny bank. This bank is cast as a carousel or merry-go-around with people on animals going around. It is not still but rather rotates on an ornate base. It shows two lions, two camels and two horses with people on them with a base and a canopy above it. It was painted in red once upon a time and has lost quite a bit of its original coloring and shows some rust spots. We have not attempt to take the bank apart and as such we do not know if it is marked on the inside. The bank is missing the rubber or possibly metal plug which would close the withdrawal opening in the bottom of the platform. The bank is listed as number 1617 in Andy and Susan Moore's "The Penny Bank Book; Collecting Still Banks" published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd of Exton, PA. in 1984. Please carefully review the pictures presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime in the mid to late 1920's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: Measures ~3 1/8" in diameter at the base, the platform of the merry-go-around measures ~4 1/4" in diameter, and is ~4 3/4" in height to the top of the central screw. The bank weighs about one and half pounds.
Maker: Grey Iron Casting Co. USA.
Marks: We did not attempt to take the bank apart so we are unable to verify the existence or non existence of a mark.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A nice and very seldom seen bank in relatively good condition with considerable losses of paint and considerable rust especially on the bottom. A nice piece that would make an good addition to your still penny bank collection.
Condition: Bank is in relatively good condition with no repairs. It has considerable losses to its original paint, but still retains some of it. It has rust especially on the bottom of the base. and the bottom of the carousel's platform. The bank is missing the rubber or possibly metal plug which would close the withdrawal opening in the bottom of the platform. It has scratches and surface dings where the paint is lost. The bank has no obvious breaks or repairs and is solid. It has what we believe are some casting issues in the sense that one of the horses with a person is not fully cutout, which we assume is due to problem in the casting (see 7th photo). Other than that the piece is very nice and would display nicely in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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