Antique Cast Iron Still Bank Clown With Pointed Hat Gold and Red Colors AC Williams USA
Description: Antique cast iron still penny bank. It is cast in the form of a clown standing and wearing a pointy hat. The clown has a gold background color with red highlights for a cummerbund, suspenders, edge of the hat, cheeks and mouth among others. The bank is made of two halves held together with a screw. It has the coin slot on its back. It was made by AC Williams Company in 1908. See page 73, bank No. 211, of Andy and Susan Moore's book "The Penny Bank Book; Collecting Still Banks" Published by Schiffer Books, of Exton, PA in 1984 for a similar bank. We have opened the bank and found no markings on the inside, instead we found running gold and red coloring, as well as soiling on the interior of the bank. The screw also has gold coloring indicating the entire piece is authentic and all original including the screw (see the last photo). Please carefully review the pictures presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but sometime early 20th century from 1908 on.
Origin: Purchased in Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA. The bank was made in the USA.
Size: Measures approximately 6 1/8" in height and weighs ~12 ounces.
Maker: AC Williams.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice and uncommon bank in good condition. For a similar example see page 73, bank number 211, in Andy and Susan Moore's Book "The Penny Bank Book; Collecting Still Banks, Published by the Schiffer Publishing Company in 1984. Definitely a nice piece that is a well made piece and would make an excellent addition to your still penny banks collection.
Condition: Bank is in good condition with no repairs or breaks. It is well soiled and stained. It retains some of its original paint and has considerable wear and loss of coloring, however, it is all original. Please see photos for additional condition information.