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I saw my first mechanical coin bank in action when I was 5 years old. A neighbor kept his trick dog bank on the fireplace mantle. He was the father of one of my first friends, and he offered us each a coin when I visited. We put the coin in the dog's mouth, flicked the "magic" switch, and watched in delight as the dog jumped through the clown's hoop and dropped the coin in the barrel. Ever since then, I have turned up my nose at the pedestrian piggy bank. If I was going to save money, something needed to jump, twist, twirl or hop my coins into a cast iron vault. As I grew older, I learned that the original antique mechanical banks sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars. The reproductions are just as entertaining as the antiques. And aren't banks about saving money anyway? So here are some of the favorites from my collection.
Some are cast iron reproductions, some are wind-up tin, and some are modern plastic and battery operated. But all are fun for kids and adults. Cast iron mechanical banks were first mass-produced around 1875, and the Trick Dog was one of the most popular. Its reproductions remain popular to this day. Trick Dog was originally produced by the Hubley Toy Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The reproduction cast iron version was my first mechanical bank. You place a coin in the dog's mouth, then depress a lever on the side. The dog leaps through the clown's hoop and drops the coin in the barrel. Even fruit can make an engaging mechanical bank. This vintage plastic wind-up from 1970s features a worm popping out to snag the coin. It was another of my childhood favorites, when it was new.was originally manufactured in Japan by Yone. Gently wind the turnkey on the side of the apple. Place a coin on the red button in front of the apple's eyes.
The mouse quickly slithers out of the apple's "mouth" to scoop up your coin and store it safely away. The dentist is more than willing to pull your tooth - if you put a coin in his pocket first. One good yank and over you go. Antique CollectingHow to find antiques and collectibles at charity shops and garage sales. Do You Have a Favorite Mechanical Piggy Bank? Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. What cool coin banks! I wish I had. This is really a good gift for kids. I love the dentist pulling teeth piggy bank! I have always loved mechanical banks! I need to get one for the kids as they make saving so much more fun! These are fantastic. That turtle and kitty one was funny! What a unique lens!
I never grew up with a mechanical bank, but my kids have a Rugrats mechanical bank. I don't think that bank, however, is as interesting as the ones you have highlighted here! Mechanical piggy bank is cool. I absolutely love things like this - hard to pick a favorite, I'd love to have em all! Blessed by a SquidAngel! My grandfather had a mechanical piggy bank. I wonder who wound up with it? These are very cool! My favorite: the Itazura Kitty Stealing Coin Bank! I love the video of the kitty and the kitten mechanical bank (that is simply heart warming). Thank you so much for a chuckle this morning. I had the apple mechanical bank when I was little. I'd all but forgotten about it - thanks for bringing the memory back! I can remember seeing these advertised (in comic books maybe?) as a child and wanting one so much! I love the video with the cat, too -- totally made me laugh. NO, I don't remember ever having anything but an automatic coin sorter.