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1888 Dark Town Battery Mechanical Baseball Bank
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,204.00
Classic nineteenth-century painted cast-iron bank features a figural pitcher, batter and catcher, set above the rectangular coin vault base. Each of the "players" has a moving head and arms. The pitcher's arm swings back and, when a button is pushed, pitches a coin into the trap door on the catcher's stomach while the batter swings and misses. Manufactured by the J & E Stevens Company of Cromwell, CT., the Dark Town Battery bank is the only nineteenth-century bank designed with a baseball theme, and is also the only mechanical bank of the era to have three figures each with moving parts as part of their mechanical action. "Pat Feb 2 1875" is stamped on the bottom. Extremely desirable bank highly regarded by baseball, Americana, and mechanical-bank collectors alike. The bank is in working order. Much of the original paint is still intact. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Dimensions: 7 x 9.75 x 2.75 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,204.00
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