Bank, Register & Vending Collectibles

What Should You Look for when Buying an Antique Mechanical Bank?

Before buying an antique mechanical bank, consult reference books and materials to get an idea of what an original version looks like. Look for areas in the paint that appears uneven or bubbled, and use photos to compare the paint on various parts of the mechanical bank to the same parts on an original bank of the same model, searching for discrepancies. Examine the small components of the bank, such as figures, legs, arms, and heads, and make sure that they all match in terms of texture and build. Finally, look for evidence of cracks, rust, damage, and repairs that might reduce the value of the bank.

What Are Some Tips for Appraising Cast Iron Banks?

When appraising cast iron banks, consult reference books to determine if the bank is a reproduction. Study the condition of the bank closely. Antique cast iron banks should naturally have wear on the paint, so any areas that look too bright or perfectly painted may be a sign of a reproduction or restoration that lowers the value. Check guides to study the prices of similar banks from the same year, and research current resale markets to see how much money similar banks sell for. If necessary, take the cast iron bank to a professional evaluator to get a written appraisal.

What Are Some Tips for Removing a Musty Smell from a Collectible Safe?

As with any antiques, moisture can cause a musty smell that may depreciate the value of the piece. First, try to absorb any remaining moisture using silica gel or desiccant. Then, fill a small bowl with fresh coffee grounds and place it in the safe, closing the door. Keep the coffee grounds in the safe until the musty smell has disappeared, replacing the grounds as necessary. Alternative options include vinegar, oranges, or baking soda in a small dish, set in the safe until the smell has dissipated.