Antique Figural Cast Iron Golden Still Penny Bank Three Wise Monkeys See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil
Description: A beautiful antique figural cast iron still penny bank. It is cast in the form of three wise monkeys. They see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil as suggested by the position of their hands on their eyes, their ears, and their mouths. The bank is painted in gold and retains quite a bit of the original gold coloring. The bank is made of two halves which fit together nicely and are held together with a screw. We believe the screw may not be original to the bank and was replaced a long time ago, but still works well. The bank has the coin slot on the back of the middle monkey. The casting of the bank is very well done and shows great details of the monkeys fingers, eyes, mouths, knees, and ears. We have opened the bank and could not find any markings. We show the open bank and the way it looks inside. This bank was purchased as part of a large collection of cast iron penny banks, which we will be listing over the coming weeks and months. Please carefully review the pictures presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely late 19th century or early 20th century.
Origin: Purchased in York County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: Measures approximately ~3 1/8" in height to the top of the middle monkey and is ~3 1/2" wide. The bank weighs about 12.6 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice and scarce bank in very good condition having quite a bit of its original coloring. Definitely a quality piece that is well made and would make an excellent addition to your still penny bank collection.
Condition: Bank is in very good condition with no repairs. It has considerable losses to its original paint, but still retains some of it (estimate <50%25). It has scratches and surface dings where the paint is lost. The bank has no obvious breaks or repairs and is solid. We believe that one of the teeth on the bottom of the bank may have been broken a long time ago as evidenced by the missing half tooth obvious in the fourth photo. The only issue with the bank is the fact that the screw holding the two halves may not be original but rather an old replacement. Be that as it may, the piece is still very nice and would display nicely in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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