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BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE Cast Iron Mechanical Banks
issued circa 1953; cast from the originals in the Book Of Knowledge collection - highly sought after - these are the ORIGINALS; not the recasts from the 1980's or 90's

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CREEDMORE  Cast iron BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE mechanical bank; near mint to mint.  269.50

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ORGAN GRINDER  Cast iron BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE mechanical bank; near mint to mint.  275.00

DIE CAST METAL Mechanical Banks

mercuryrocketbank1.JPG (11225 bytes) diecast metal MERCURY Rocketship silvery gray color. classic stylized horizontal rocket which is reminiscent of the old Flash Gordon style.  place a coin atop the rocket and push the pilot and the coin disappears into the nose of the ship.  complete with coin trap and the key.  8" long. 1950's Duro Mfg.  early style decals for First National Bank of Portland.   minimal wear.  works great. overall in excellent or nicer condition!   145.00
metal-rocketbank1.JPG (29120 bytes) diecast metal MERCURY Rocketship blueish-silvery gray color.  classic stylized horizontal rocket which is reminiscent of the old Flash Gordon style.  place a coin atop the rocket and push the pilot and the coin disappears into the nose of the ship.  complete with coin trap and the key.  8" long.  1950's Duro Mfg.  Decals for First National Bank of Portland.  minimal wear.  works great. overall in excellent or nicer condition! 139.50
goldrocketbank1.JPG (10206 bytes) SATELLITE BANK diecast rocketship mechanical bank.  10.75" tall.  unusual dark gold finish.  1950's promotional from National Bank of Commerce in Memphis.  complete with trap and key.  made by Duro.  works great!  Large Buck Rogers type space ship is sitting atop globe of the Earth.  great looking piece.  wear to tip of nose cone and some wear to the finish.  excellent.  134.50
oregonrocketbankgold1.JPG (8891 bytes) SATELLITE BANK diecast rocketship mechanical bank.  10.75" tall.  matte gold finish.  1950's promotional from First National Bank or Oregon.  complete with trap and key.  works great!  Large Buck Rogers type space ship is sitting atop globe of the Earth.  great looking piece.  decal on base is worn and some scratches on reverse side of base.  excellent.  135.00
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diecast metal ASTRO ROCKETSHIP BANK.  Gray color; stands upright.  approx. 12.5" tall.  This is the early version with the bases of the fins "rounded" without the tiny "feet".   1950's by Duro Mfg.  Pull the jet back on the side of the rocket; place a coin in the cradle and push the button - the jet propels the coin into the nose cone.  Bank is COMPLETE with the red rubber nose cone; the rocket engine coin trap; and a working key!  works great.   excellent to near mint.  169.50

rocketbank-georgia1.JPG (18219 bytes) diecast metal ASTRO ROCKETSHIP BANK.  Gray color; stands upright.  approx. 12.5" tall.  This is the early version with the bases of the fins "rounded" without the tiny "feet".   1950's by Duro Mfg.  Pull the jet back on the side of the rocket; place a coin in the cradle and push the button - the jet propels the coin into the nose cone.  Bank is COMPLETE with the red rubber nose cone; the rocket engine coin trap; and a working key!  promotional from Georgia Trust in Augusta Georgia.  the bank "sticker" is almost worn off.  otherwise the bank is excellent or nicer.  150.00
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diecast metal ASTRO ROCKETSHIP BANK.  Gray color; stands upright.  approx. 12.5" tall.  This is the early version with the bases of the fins "rounded" without the tiny "feet".   1950's by Duro Mfg.  Pull the jet back on the side of the rocket; place a coin in the cradle and push the button - the jet propels the coin into the nose cone.  Bank is COMPLETE with the red rubber nose cone; the rocket engine coin trap; and a working key!  works great.  normal wear to the finish from use.   very good plus.  142.50

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diecast metal ASTRO ROCKETSHIP BANK.  Gray color; stands upright.  approx. 12.5" tall.  This is the version with the tiny feet on the fins.   Pull the launcher back on the side of the rocket; place a coin in the cradle and push the button - the jet propels the coin into the nose cone.  Bank is COMPLETE with all 4 of the red "feet" covers; the red rubber nose cone; the rocket engine coin trap; and a working key!  works great.  normal wear to the finish from use.  excellent or nicer.  145.00

box-rocketbank1.JPG (24261 bytes) empty box for the GUIDED MISSILE BANK.  red and blue on white.  fully illustrated with the Astro Rocketship Bank - the version with the rubber tips on the "feet".  very worn.  missing end flaps BUT still displayable.  scarce.  30.00

PLASTIC Mechanical Banks

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KENMAX from Japan model kit.  MECHANICAL BANK - cannon and castle turret.  "Million Dollar Saving Bank" Series.  molded in three colors.  base is approx. 7.75" by 3.5".  hard plastic.  1960's or earlier vintage.  cannon shoots coin into castle turret.  nice box art.  extremely scarce!  parts are mint.  box is excellent plus or nicer.  (has a split corner.)   175.00

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Daniels’ mechanical  BOWLING BANK.  bat-op hard plastic.  Japan.  mint in box.  125.00

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Pyro Hard Plastic Mechanical ELEPHANT BANK.  Circa 1950 issue.  red and yellow.  place coin in trunk of elephant and push monkey forward .... and the coin is deposited.  remove bottom cap to retrieve money.  7.5" by 5.5" tall.  bright and shining.  no signs of use.  mint in box.  box is intact and shows minimal storage wear.  extremely scarce!  175.00

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U.S. Army JUPITER ROCKET mechanical bank.  late 1950's vintage.  Made by Superior Toy of Chicago.  13.5" tall.  white with red nose; blue fins and red rockets.  Raised lettering on sides reads U.S. ARMY.   place the coin in position and push the button and the coin disappears up-under the nose cone.  The coin trap is the red rockets in the very base (which is removeable).  no cracks.  no chips.  no breaks.  no play wear.  mint condition with illustrated box.  149.50

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U.S. Army JUPITER ROCKET mechanical bank.  late 1950's vintage.  Made by Superior Toy of Chicago.  13.5" tall.  dark blue with white nose; red fins and white rockets.  Raised lettering on sides reads U.S. ARMY.   place the coin in position and push the button and the coin disappears up-under the nose cone.  The coin trap is the red rockets in the very base (which is removeable).  displays as mint BUT the end piece of one of the fins is broken off.  clean break - does not look bad at all!  no play wear.  85.00

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Hard plastic HERSHEY CANDY BAR "Vending Machine" bank.  early 1950's issue.  American made.  near mint.  79.50

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HAPPY CLOWN mechanical Bank. 8” tall plastic clown. Button on back of his head. When coin is placed in slot between his shoulder; then you push button; coin deposits and he sticks his tongue out. 1950’s vintage; no maker mark. Excellent condition; some paint wear around his name at base. MISSING the coin trap on the bottom side.  45.00

MISCELLANEOUS

handbookofoldamericantoys2titlepage.JPG (12693 bytes) book.  THE HANDBOOK OF OLD AMERICAN TOYS by Louis Hertz.  1947 First Edition.  Mark Haber and Co.  119 pages.  hardbound.  illustrated.  covers many areas of antique American toys: Early American Painted Tin; cast iron; etc.  but it is highly prized for the section on Mechanical banks that rank them on desirability and on rarity!  tight and clean.  no flaws.  excellent.  135.00

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