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Vintage Antique Cast Iron Banks

Updated on September 21, 2014
Antique Cast Iron Banks
Antique Cast Iron Banks
Vintage Cast Iron Banks
Vintage Cast Iron Banks

Antique Cast Iron Banks - Mechanical and Still Banks

Antique Cast Iron Banks - Mechanical Coin Banks and Still Banks

Cast iron toy banks were a popular way to store coins during the late 19th and early 20th century. They came in a variety of attractive models like miniature models of banks, various animals like the ever-popular piggy banks, and some can even be found in the shape of boats and trains. They are still charming reminders of Ben Franklin's famous saying, "A penny saved is a penny earned."

Pictured: This c 1883 J & E Stevens Elephant & Three Clowns Mechanical Bank recently sold on eBay for $2551. For this mechanical bank to work you place your coin between the two rings that the front acrobat is holding. Then you move the ball that is on the feet of the back acrobat. This causes the elephant's trunk to swing, hitting the coin, and knocking it into the bank.

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Mechanical Coin Banks

Mechanical Coin Banks: These are the banks with moving barks that would do something every time the owner deposited a coin. A dog would bark, a baseball player would swing his bat, or a cannon would fire. These usually made use of levers and switches to set the action in motion.

Still Coin Banks

Still banks had no moving parts and were more widely produced. They came in a variety of models like historical landmarks, people, animals and trains. The cast-iron banks tended to be more elaborate than banks made using other materials and were made using highly detailed molds.

Manufacturers of Cast Iron Banks

  • A.C. Williams opened its doors in 1844 and started out trading chain pump reels, plow points and spouts for scrap metals and farm produce. This was not an uncommon practice during times when currency was scarce and employees were often paid in produce. They expanded into producing parts for wagons. In 1889, the factory burned down, leaving the future of the company in doubt. With support from employees and the community, A.C. Williams was able to rebuild. After another fire in 1892, the company moved to Ravenna, Ohio. During the early to mid 1900s, the company expanded into making cast iron toys and banks. Like many cast iron companies, A.C. Williams converted to making munitions and equipment during World War II. By this point, the demand for cast iron toys was declining in favor of plastics and rubber. The company was still able to sell household items like sewing machines, the production of which continued until 1957, when they lost their largest customer. A.C. Williams struggled financially during the 1970s and early 1980s but was able to rebound.
  • Kenton Manufacturing Company was well-known for manufacturing cast iron items, including a variety of banks. Originally founded to manufacture locks, they expanded into cast-iron toys and banks. They are perhaps best known for producing a toy Gene Autry pistol. Not all items manufactured by Kenton have the Kenton stamp.
  • Hubley Manufacturing Company was founded in 1894. They were best known for their cast iron model cars. During the 1960s, they tried to branch out but ended up being over-diversified and were later acquired by ABC Toys.

Hubley Cast Iron Mechanical Bank: Cast iron elephant pull tail mechanical bank in white
Hubley Cast Iron Mechanical Bank: Cast iron elephant pull tail mechanical bank in white

Choosing Cast Iron Banks

Watch out for fakes. If a particular bank looks like a cheap knockoff, it probably is. The original manufacturers of cast iron banks took pride in their work. Check the texture for a smooth finish and barely noticeable seams.

Pay attention to quality. Mechanical banks might show some wear and tear but still have moving parts. Try putting a penny in it to see what it does.

Be sure to check out price guides and other resources for collectors. If you are just starting with collecting cast iron banks, there are beginning guides to get you started.

Cast Iron Banks

Antique Cast Iron Bank Value

Most Wanted Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Banks

- Cast Iron "STUMP SPEAKER" Mechanical Bank Original c1886 Americana Country Toy - SOLD $1775

- Cast Iron "BULL DOG" Mechanical Bank Original Antique c1880's Americana Toy - SOLD $870

- Antique Trick Pony Cast Iron Horse Bank - SOLD $330

- Original Antique Boy on Trapeze Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - SOLD $795

How Much are Cast Iron Banks Worth? - Cast Iron Banks Value

How much are antique cast iron banks worth? Some can be worth thousands of dollars. And others worth only their weight in scrap metal. Like many of antiques and vintage collectibles, their values vary based on their rarity, their condition, and popularity among collectors. Below I've listed what some of these banks have sold for on eBay recently. This list is for your information purposes only and is no way any type of appraisal as to the value of a particular cast iron bank. This are simply sale prices from recent eBay auctions, available to the public under the completed listings category. If you have a particular bank you want to know the value of, try searching eBay's completed listing to see if anything similar has sold recently on eBay.

  • J & E Stevens "A Calamity Football" Cast Iron Mechanical Toy Bank Original cir. 1905 - Value Worth - Sold for $7925
  • Antique Shepard Jonah & the Whale Iron Mechanical Bank - Sold for $4999.99
  • circa 1898 "BUTTING BUFFALO" Original Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Original Antique Americana Toy - Value Worth - Sold for $4000
  • 1885 AUTHENTIC & OLD WILLIAM TELL MECHANICAL BANK CAST IRON NEAR MINT COND BK786 - SOLD for $3370
  • Original Cast Iron Magician Mechanical Bank by J & E Stevens cir. 1901 Magic Act - SOLD for $2901
  • Rare "Boy Scout Camp" Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Toy original 1912 Americana Toy - Value Worth - Sold for $3299
  • Cast Iron "MASON BANK" Mechanical Bank Original Antique c1880's American Toy - Sold for $3001
  • Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Toy "Jonah And The Whale" Original 1890 Americana Toy - Sold for $2850
  • Cast Iron "ACROBAT BANK" Mechanical Bank..Original Antique circa 1880's Toy - SOLD for $2827.99
  • Rare Cast Iron Mechanical Bank "Hen And Chick" Mechanical Childs Toy Savings Bank Victorian c.1901 - Sold for $2806.89
  • Rare Cast Iron "Boy Scout Camp" Mechanical Bank Toy original 1912 Americana Toy - Sold for $2801
  • Cast Iron Mechanical Bank "Reclining Chinaman" Original Rare Childs Savings Toy Mechanical Bank - Sold for $2740
  • Original Cast Iron Monkey And Coconut Mechanical Bank by J & E Stevens c. 1886 - SOLD for $2626.76
  • Rare Cast Iron Mechanical Bank "Organ Grinder And Performing Bear" Clockwork Mechanical Toy Bank - Sold for $2616
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Darktown Battery Baseball Original Mechanical Bank - Sold for $2595
  • J & E Stevens "Elephant & Three Clowns" Mechanical Bank Circa 1883 - Sold for $2551
  • Dancing Bear Organ Grinder Mechanical Bank Kyser & Rex - Sold for $2500
  • Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Black Americana Darktown Battery Baseball Original Mechanical Bank - Sold for $2551
  • Circus Bank Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Shepard Hardware - SOLD for $2550.00
  • Cast Iron Ives Palace Building Still Bank cir. 1885 Victorian Architectura‚Äčl - Sold for $2314.99
  • Original Black Americana Cast Iron Bad Accident Mechanical Bank Cir. 1888 - SOLD for $2313.88
  • 1950s Tin Globe Explorer Mechanical Space Bank Toy Original Box & Rocket C9.5 - Sold for $2284.99
  • Cast Iron 2 Frogs Antique Mechanical Bank J & E Stevens cir. 1882 Original Toy - Sold for $2251
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Darktown Battery Baseball Original Mechanical Bank - Sold for $2226
  • Antique J&E Stevens Magician Mechanical Cast Iron Bank in great condition - Sold for $2125
  • Cast Iron "MASON BANK" Mechanical Bank Original Antique c1880's American Toy - Sold for $2050
  • Rare Cast Iron Black Americana Mammy and Child Aunt Jemima Baby Mechanical Bank - Sold for $2025
  • Cast Iron "BOY STEALING WATERMELON" Mechanical Bank Original c1895 Americana Toy - Sold for $2000
  • Antique 1880's Paddy and the Pig Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Original Paint - Sold for $1975
  • Nice Antique Uncle Sam Security Cast Iron Bank A-4 - SOLD for $1912.00
  • Cast Iron Mason Mechanical Bank Brick Layer w/ Hod Toy 1887 Americana Toy - Sold for $1902
  • Amoured Car Cast Iron Bank A.C. Williams Rare Excellent - SOLD for $1895
  • Boy Scout Camp Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1899
  • Antique Cast Iron Chief Big Moon Mechanical Bank by J & E Stevens c. 1899 - SOLD for $1877.25
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Bad Accident Mechanical Bank cir. 1888 Nice Original - Sold for $1851
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Darktown Battery Baseball Original Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1725
  • Cast Iron Lion & Monkeys Mechanical Bank Kyser & Rex Original Childs Toy 1883 - Sold for $1705.89
  • Original Cast Iron Darktown Battery Mechanical Bank Black Americana J&E Stevens - SOLD for $1700
  • Cast Iron Original Monkey and Coconut Childs Savings Toy Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1677
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Stump Speaker Mechanical Bank Shepard Hardware c 1886 - SOLD for $1675
  • Darktown Battery Cast-Iron Mechanical Bank, 1888, Stevens Co. - Sold for $1675
  • J & E Stevens Darktown Battery Cast Iron Original Mechanical Bank 1888 - Sold for $1626
  • Original Cast Iron Palace Building Bank not Mechanical by Ives cir. 1885 w/ Key - SOLD for $1625
  • "Bad Accident" Antique Mechanical Bank Cast Iron - Sold for $1610
  • Original Cast Iron Black Americana Stump Speaker Mechan'l Bank Shepard Hardwarea - SOLD for $1612.67
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Stump Speaker Mechanical Bank Shepard Hardware c 1886 - SOLD for $1608
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Bad Accident Mechanical Bank cir. 1888 - Sold for $1592
  • Original Black Americana Cast Iron Mammy w/ Spoon Mechanical Bank Cir. 1884 - SOLD for $1581.56
  • Cast Iron Lion & Monkeys Mechanical Bank Kyser & Rex Original Childs Toy 1883 - Sold for $1513
  • Antique RARE Unknown Maker Example Cast Iron 3 Three Dial Penny Coin Bank Safe - SOLD for $1495
  • Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank cir. 1883 Indian Shooting Bear Original Western Toy Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1425
  • Cast Iron Paddy And The Pig Mechanical Bank Original cir. 1882 Childs Toy - Sold for $1425
  • JE Stevens Darktown Battery Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Black Americana DAKOTApaul - Sold for $1402.77
  • Original Black Americana Cast Iron " Darktown Battery " Mechanical Bank c 1888 - SOLD for $1400.00
  • Cast Iron Chief Big Moon Mechanical Bank Original J. & E. Stevens c 1899 - Sold for $1361.33
  • Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank with African American Baseball Scene with Baseball pitcher, catcher, and batter - Sold for $1350
  • Cast Iron "MONKEY AND COCONUT" Mechanical Bank Original circa 1886 Americana Toy - Sold for $1350
  • Cast Iron Clown On Globe Toy Mechanical Bank Original Victorian cir. 1890 - Sold for $1326
  • Antique Cast Iron Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank by J & E Stevens c. 1886 w/ Key - SOLD for $1325.01
  • Antique Cast Iron Santa & Chimney Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1312
  • Cast Iron "LEAP FROG" Mechanical Bank Original c1891 Americana Country Toy - Sold for $1300
  • Original Cast Iron Paddy And The Pig Mechanical Bank by J & E Stevens cir. 1882 - SOLD for $1292.00
  • Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Teddy And The Bear Original Political Hunting Toy Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1277.25
  • Original J. & E. Stevens Pelican - Mammy (?) Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1259
  • Cast Iron Paddy And The Pig Mechanical Bank Original cir. 1882 Childs Toy - Sold for $1235.78
  • Antique Patd 1885 Cast Iron Mechanical Bank *Blackman & Shack* Best 1st Paint - Sold for $1225
  • Original 1886 Uncle Sam Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Shepard Hardware - Sold for $1225
  • Shepard Jonah & Whale Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1185
  • Nice Antique Cast Iron Jonah And The Whale Mechanical Bank Original cir. 1890 - Sold for $1181.56
  • Antique STUMP SPEAKER black americana mechanical cast iron bank dated 1886 - Sold for $1150
  • Antique Kyser & Rex Cast Iron Mechanical Mammy And Child Bank - Sold for $1133.99
  • Antique Monkey Mechanical Bank Original Paint Cast Iron - J E STEVENS & CO - Sold for $1133
  • Cast Iron Punch And Judy Clowns Mechanical Bank Original cir. 1884 Childs Toy - Sold for $116.51
  • Antique c1900 Painted Cast Iron *Boy on Ball* Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1102.77
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Spise A Mule Mechanical Bank cir. 1879 Nice Original - Sold for $1102.99
  • Always Did'spise A Mule Mechanical Bank circa 1897 Paint is excellent - Sold for $1050
  • Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Jonah And The Whale Mechanical Bank Toy original 1890 Americana Toy - Sold for $1040
  • Cast Iron 2 Frogs Antique Mechanical Bank J & E Stevens cir. 1882 Original Toy - Sold for $1025
  • Cast Iron Black Americana Jolly N Mechanical Bank 1890,s High Hat Nice Antique - Sold for $1025
  • Cast Iron Frog On Round Base Mechanical Bank Original 1872 J & E Stevens - Sold for $1009
  • Very Rare Elephant & Three Clowns Original Mechanical Bank - Sold for $1001.91
  • J&E Stevens Creedmoor Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - All Original Paint - Sold for $1000
  • Darktown Battery - Sold for $999
  • Darktown Vintage Bank - Sold for $1000
  • L173 Antique Original Trick Dog Mechanical Bank PAT JULY 31 1888 WORKING - Sold for $996.98
  • Mule Entering Barn Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Sold for $925
  • Wonderful Kyser & Rex "Kneeling Camel" Cast Iron Bank - SOLD for $923.99
  • Cast Iron Stump Speaker Mechanical Bank - Sold for $911
  • Kyser & Rex Rooster Cast Iron Mechanical Bank - Circa. 1880 - Sold for $911
  • Antique 19thC *Eagle & Nest* Cast Iron Mechanical Bank, 1st Paint - Sold for $909.98
  • Monkey & Coconut Mechanical Bank - Sold for $909
  • Cast Iron Leap Frog Mechanical Bank Original 1891 - Sold for $905.99
  • Rare Antique Cast Iron Bank "Jonah and the Whale" Pat.dated July 15, 1890 - Sold for $900
  • Original 1886 Cast Iron Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank - Sold for $899.99
  • RS Rare Estate "TEDDY AND THE BEAR BANK" Steven's bank Guaranteed 100% Original - Sold for $898.88
  • J & E Stevens Cast Iron Speaking Dog Mechanical Bank - SOLD for $760.00
  • Original Mechanical Cast Iron Magician Bank - SOLD for $750
  • Antique Cast Iron Bank- "I.B & CO" Rare Find - SOLD for $720.09

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More Resources for Cast Iron Banks

eBay Buying Guide to Cast Iron Banks

This buying guide covers tips to help buyers distinguish between an original cast iron bank and a reproduction cast iron bank.

Collectors Encyclopedia Toys-Banks: Cast Iron, Tin Wind-Up, Autos & More With Prices

A Penny Saved: Still and Mechanical Banks

Cast Iron Banks for Sale on Etsy

What do you think about Cast Iron Banks? - Do You Own a Cast Iron Mechanical Bank? Tell us about it here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is it possible to get spare parts for these banks?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an old cast iron football bank Rd No 247326 what is it worth?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a mechanical cast iron 3 football player bank with a #1 stamped on the bottom which is the only marking on it. I am sure it's a replica but am curious as to when it was possibly made and what the value might be

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an old elephant bank bu the trunk is missing. Can I get a replacement anywhere or have one made? There is an identical piece on ebay at the moment so I can see the exact design of the missing piece. Any help appreciated

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a two frog cast iron bank that came from my husband's family over 55 years ago. It is in good working condition and has no paint missing. The bottom is stamped "Replica of original of James D. Campron collection," therefore is a reproduction, but does it have any value?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HOW MUCH IS MY BANK WORTH?

      CAST IRON ORGAN BANK WITHMONKEY (JOCKEY) ON TOP WITH TWO DANCERS ON EACH SIDE OF MONKEY

      BOTOM OF BANK HAS STAMPED "REPRODUCED FROM ORIGINAL IN COLLECTION OF THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE"

      ON THE BACK OF BANK HAS STAMPED " PAT JUNE 13 1882

      WHEN TURN HANDLE ON SIDE IT PLAYS MUSIC

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have a cast iron bank trick dog...very heavy .is it worth much?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a cast iron, hand painted elephant coin bank. The tail and trunk move when a coin is dropped in through the colorfully painted seat on top of the elephant. Any value?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a cast iron bank,looks like a black butler big round tummy,and a red bow tie,what do you think.I have not seen another like him, Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sheila again,I forgot to mention,my cast Iron black butler bank opens with a flat head screw in the back of his head and at the bottom of the bank,in the back also.To open the bank it is split straight down the middle,thank you for your help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: forgot to leave my email address,when I was asking to see if anyone could give me some information on my black butler cast iron bank has a big tummy and wears a red bow tie.He has a flat head screw in the back of his head and one at the bottom of the bank,in the back as well.To open the bank take out the screws and he splits right down the middle.Thank you for any help with my bank.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I own a cast iron monkey bank with the monkey and organ grinder. I would like to sell it and am curious regarding the value.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cast iron boyscout camp how do itell if its a stevens?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 3 bank ,

      Dentist pulling a black man's tooth.

      man milking a cow

      Santa with a reindeer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Do you plan on selling them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a football cast iron bank trying to find out what it is worth, please call me and help me find out what it is worth,727-534-1667 help sharon

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have cast iron football bank trying to find out what its worth help me sharon 727-534-1667

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought a cast iron calamity bank. Two of the football players are all blue with a skin tone face and hands the other is all red with skintone face and hands. They both have black shoes/cleats. There is a J on the underneath. Is this a reproduction?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Kathy again, I forgot, the red and blue are from head to where the shoe starts. and there is a screw in the middle of each football players back.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 2 cast iron still banks-1 turkey & 1 large dog-St Bernard or Retriever. They belonged to my late stepfather, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 84. I also have a mechanical skeleton bank in working condition. Is there a market for these items?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I am looking at purchasing a cast iron "mammy" dime bank from an antique mall. However, it has no paint left on it and it is mostly brown like the orriginal iron. I donot know if cast iron banks are worth more without paint. If it is worth less because it has a lot of wear then I will not purchase it. It costs 45 dollars and it looks to be orriginal (non reproduction). Please let me know if it is worth more or less with the wear. Thanks.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Dentist pulling a black mans tooth reproduced from the book of knowledge

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Sharon

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Do you want to buy it?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Do you want to buy it?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have four mechanical cast iron banks.. 1: a racehorse bank from 1871, 2: a bank with a man shooting a bear in a tree, 3: a baseball bank with a pitcher batter and a catcher, 4: a small bank with a donkey or horse and a little house with a small black and white dog that pops out when you pull a trigger. if you know anything about any of these banks please comment or email me. aliajkk@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: ebay has one for $120

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      chasitygeorge 3 years ago

      i have a cast iron bank when i sarched it i found one identical to " Still Bank, Baseball Player, Gold and Red

      A.C. Williamsh?

      1909 to 1934" just wondering if you can let me know what its wort

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      Doug21742 3 years ago

      I have a "Kicking Mule Entering Barn" cast-iron bank with "PADE AUG 30 1881" stamped on the bottom in excellent contition. Trying to find the value and manufacturer. Any information and comments welcomed! dkshaffe@gmail.com

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      zjimclaik 2 years ago

      I own a Stevens Watch Dog cast iron bank. I cannot open it. I need the three digit combination. Can anyone help me?

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      findables 2 years ago

      Have three cast Iron Banks Pig, Boy Scout and a Lion .

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      1gecko1 2 years ago

      NEED SOME BIG TIME HELP EVERYONE, I HAVE A PELICAN STILL CAST IRON BANK ABOUT 5" HIGH ORIGINAL PAINT, NO MAKERS MARKS, CAN NOT FIND ANYTHING LIKE IT OUT THERE AND 5MIN ON INTERNET WAS OFFERED OVER $200 FOR IT. SOMEONE OUT THERE MUST KNOW SOMETHING??? LET ME KNOW, FOLKS-THANKS IN ADVANCE :)

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      randy gross 14 months ago

      we have 30 plus old cast iron banks dating into 1800s going up for auction on feb 4,2016. you can check out pictures and more details on auctionzip.com,then tpye in code 5533,where it says auctioneer id, we do absentee and phone bids, or call randy gross 717-654-9049

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