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Classic Baseball Bank Collection Including Dark Town Battery (10)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Extensive collection of ten baseball-theme banks is highlighted by the classic 1888 Dark Town Battery mechanical bank plus a selection of nine additional high quality banks dating from the 1910s to the 1960s: 1) Dark Town Battery Bank. A classic nineteenth-century cast-iron bank, produced by the J. E. Stevens Company in 1888, it 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. Extremely desirable bank highly regarded by baseball, Americana and mechanical-bank collectors alike. The bank, which is in perfect working order, displays moderate paint loss and is also missing the circular coin stopper on the bottom. 9-3/4 x 2-3/4 x 7-1/2 inches. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 2) Home Town Battery Bank. This mechanical bank is a faithful 1950s reproduction of the Dark Town Battery bank with the exception that the name "Dark Town" has been changed to "Home Town" on the front and the players have been portrayed as white, not black. Issued by the Book of Knowledge, as noted on the bottom, the piece retains nearly all of its original paint. There is a slight mechanical problem with the catcher's hand and receiving plate; however the bank still functions as originally intended. Ex. 3&4) Two identical circa 1910 "Ty Cobb" banks. Each of these small 5-1/2 inch high banks, featuring a player holding a bat, have long been referred to by collectors as the "Ty Cobb bank" simply because the pose of the figure is so reminiscent of Ty Cobb. Both display moderate wear including paint loss (one more than the other). Vg-Ex and Vg, respectively. 5) 5.25-inch high silver-colored ball bank on a tripod of three bats. The ball is engraved "American and National League Ball" on one side and "Official League Ball 1914" on another. Vg. 6) 4.5-inch high metal ball bank. The bank is lettered "Compliments of Your Atlantic-Dealer/Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack" and features the A's "White Elephant" logo on the reverse. Vg-Ex. 7) 6-inch high Plaster bank. Design features a baseball set upon a pedestal bearing a bat and glove motif. Vg-Ex. 8) 5-inch high square metal bank. The front pictures a boy in a baseball uniform (along with his mother and sister), the reverse pictures elves counting money. Vg-Ex. 9) 6.75-inch high plastic "Batting Elephant" bank. Ex. 10) Unusual 6.5-inch high Japanese player bank. The tin bank, designed to resemble a member of the Tokyo Giants, features a swivel head and the number "3" on the player's back. Circa 1960s. Some minor paint loss along the back and top of head. Vg-Ex. This is a very substantial collection of baseball banks, ideal for display and including an original 1888 Dark Town Battery bank. Total 10 banks. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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