Old Silver Colored Cast Iron Still Penny Bank Skyscraper 5 1/2" by A.C. Williams
Description: A nice cast iron still penny bank. The bank is in the shape of a skyscraper building with windows all around and four posts on top one in each corner. The building is square in shape with a flat roof having a raised edge all around with the posts in the corners. The front of the building, as well as the back, have a set of three doors on the bottom and the word bank on the top. The skyscraper is silver colored and is made of two halves held together with a rod that twist to lock. We were unable to turn it and unlock it to see the inside and we decided not to force it open. The bank has the coin slot in the center of the roof. The casting is relatively well done and shows details of the windows but the word BANK on the top of both front and back are a bit ill defined. The bank was made by A.C. Williams USA as described in Andy and Susan Moore "The Penny Bank Book; Collecting Still Banks" published by Schiffer Publishing Co. of Exton, PA-Bank No. 1240 on Page 120. This bank was purchased as part of a large collection of cast iron penny banks many of them in the shape of buildings, which we have been listing over the past weeks and months. Please carefully review the pictures presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime in the early 1900s.
Origin: Purchased in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: The base measures approximately ~2 1/2" by ~2 1/2" at the base and is ~5 1/2" to the apex of the posts on top of the roof. The bank weighs about one pound and six ounces.
Maker: AC Williams.
Marks: Unmarked as to the maker on the exterior and we were unable to open t to see what is inside.
Condition: Bank is in very good condition with no repairs or breaks. It has some minor losses to its silver paint, but still retain quite a bit of it (estimate >97%). It has a few minor scratches to the surface. The skyscraper is silver colored and is made of two halves held together with a rod that twist to lock. We were unable to turn it and unlock it to see the inside and we decided not to force it open. The bank has the coin slot in the center of the roof. The casting is relatively well done and shows details of the windows but the word BANK on the top of both front and back are a bit ill defined. Finally, the bank shows minor signs of oxidation on the bottom. All of these issues can be seen in the photos. However, these do not distract from the bank's beauty and the piece would display nicely in any collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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