P.O. Box 6720 Incline Village, NV 89450 , United States Call Seller 510.414.4545


Mechanical Bank "Saluting Sailor" Circa 1920's

$ 2,450
  • Description
    This mechanical bank "Saluting Sailor" was manufactured in the 1920's by Saalheimer & Strauss Company in Germany. It is in excellent all original condition and brightly hand painted in colors of red, white, blue, yellow, and grey. There is an ever so slight crease to the left on dial.

    The bank operates as follows;
    Press down on the lever in front just beneath the steering wheel.
    The sailor raises his right arm and lowers his left arm revealing a slot on the right side of the bank where the sailor's left arm was, inviting the deposit of a coin (see image). Release the lever, and the arms return to their original position (see image).
    Coins are removed via the original key lock trap.

    The bank measures:

    6 3/4" high

    4 7/8" wide

    2" deep

    I am a leading specialist in the field of antique mechanical coin banks, having been buying, selling, and examining these fine objects for more than 40 years. This experience makes me well qualified to analyze, evaluate, and guarantee the authenticity of original examples.

    Note: Please see my other mechanical bank listings I am offering for sale.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: Germany
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Lithographed Tin
    Condition: Excellent. All Original
    Creation Date: Circa 1920's
    Styles / Movements: Folk Art, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 219872
  • Dimensions
    W. 4.88 in; H. 6.75 in; D. 2 in;
    W. 12.4 cm; H. 17.15 cm; D. 5.08 cm;
Message from Seller:

We are specialists in the field of antique mechanical coin banks. These rare and unique items were sold during the late 1800's and early 1900's to encourage and educate young children on the importance of saving money, with the majority of them having been made in America. We are leading experts in this field and one of the foremost dealers, having traded in mechanical banks since 1976.

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