Antique Cast Iron Banks

Antique cast iron banks are appreciated for their interesting movements and the aged patina that cast iron takes on over time.  They were originally designed to help children to save up their money.  Antique banks are usually divided up into two categories; still (no movement) and mechanical.  Cast iron banks are wonderful representations of the time they were made; showing architecture, vehicles and social norms of the day.  Most of the cast iron banks came from three main manufactured and painted by hand in three factories: Shepard Hardware, J&E Stevens, and Kyser & Rex.  Some especially sought after banks include the Preacher in the Pulpit bank, Jonah and the Whale and the Roller Skating Rink bank.  Here is a guide to make sure they are authentic and not reproductions.  Check out the antique stoneware page and the antique weather vanes page.

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