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Tammany Bank

Object Number: 
1937.1237
Date: 
ca. 1875
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 x 3 in. ( 14.6 x 11.1 x 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: cast on each side of chair: "TAMMANY BANK [with fan motif at center]" Mark: cast on back of chair, top: "PATD DEC 23 1873" Nadelman collection sticker: "450/Am"
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of man seated in chair with low arms and high bank; chair painted green with brown trim, with pierced decoration; man dressed in brown suit with yellow waistcoat, posed with one hand raised (with separate notch of metal to hold coin); cast inscription with fan motif on each side of chair; when coin is placed in figure's hand, the weight of the coin causes the hand to lower and deposit the coin into the pocket of the figure.
Gallery Label: 
This mechanical bank is said to represent Boss Tweed, the notorious Tammany Hall leader, pocketing illicit money. The Tammany Bank is based on Patent No. 145,734, issued to John Hall on Dec. 23, 1873.
Bibliography: 
Denker, Ellen Paul. "Collector' legacies." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 176-180.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group