Antique J&E Stevens Mechanical Pig In High Chair Bank
Presenting an antique Pig in High Chair mechanical bank. Made by J & E Stevens. C. 1897. This original bank is working with no breaks, cracks, or repair. The iron bank is nickel plated. Note some light wear on some edges and corners. A coin is placed on the pig's plate. When the lever in the back is pressed, the coin goes into the pig's mouth while the tongue moves upward. Measures 5 3/4" inches tall.
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I found the following article about this bank from the March 1970 issue of Hobbies Magazine written by F.H. Griffith:
"The Pig In High Chair was patented August 24, 1897, by Peter Adams of Buffalo, NY., assignor of one-half to Walter Shepard, also of Buffalo. This, of course, would normally have direct connections to the Shepard Hardware Company as being the manufacturer. However, the bank was actually made by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Conn., and pictured in various of their catalogs of the period. To operate the bank a coin is placed on the tray and a lever in the back of the high chair is pressed down. This causes the tray to lift up and the coin slides therefrom on into the open mouth of the pig. As this action takes place the tongue of the pig also moves upward allowing the coin to drop inside. The Pig In High Chair leaves some collectors rather cold. They do not particularly like it, but must have one in their collection. Actually its sort of a "cute" type bank, very well made, and somewhat attractive."
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