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J&E Stevens Reclining Chinaman Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Rare “Reclining Chinaman” mechanical cast iron bank, manufactured by J&E Stevens.
The bank was designed by James H. Bowen — whose designs are called “ingeniously animated” by Norman’s Bank Book — and covered under an 1882 patent (he designed four banks in the 1880s covered under the same patent).
To operate this bank, you place a coin next to the man’s right leg (it stays in place). When you press the lever at the end of the log (behind the man), he simultaneously flips his cards over to reveal four aces in one hand, and draws his other hand to his chin. The coin unceremoniously drops into the slot.
Measurements: 8-1/4″ long, 4-1/2″ high.
This bank is in excellent condition, and is missing the original trap. The paint has been restored and antiqued for display.
There is some rust, most notably on the inside, that does not affect or bind the mechanism in any way.
The bank works well and smoothly.