J&E Stevens was founded in Cromwell. And is the oldest toy company in. It is renowned for its mechanical banks but it also produced quite a few still banks as well. It produced banks from 1870 until the depression forced its closure in the early 30s. The craftsmanship and casting detail, as well as the mechanical function design, is excellent.
To activate the mechanical function, and build your bank account, you put a coin under the bench then depress the button underneath the mule and the mule spins around and kicking the boy, knocking him backwards and depositing the going into the bank slot. This function works good as new and as intended. Overall condition is very nice - appears 100% original, does not in anyway appear restored, repainted, touched up, repaired or altered in any way. Missing the metal piece that holds the coins in.It has a very nice patina with no rust. The various parts are all in place, tight and align well and as intended. The mechanical device works exceptionally well with good spring action. It stands 6" tall at highest point and is 10 1/8" long. Y one in every way. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! LISTING / ITEM DESCRIPTION: Please ask questions - I try and describe items as best I can, and add corresponding Photos, but I don't always know what may be important to you. If I see you have bought a second item, I will not send another Invoice until all items have closed that night. I do add a cost to cover my packaging materials. At my County Rate of 7%. The item "Antique J&E Stevens Cast Iron I always did spise a Mule Mechanical Bank NICE" is in sale since Sunday, January 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Banks". The seller is "102257tl" and is located in Sanford, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, to China, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, TH, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, RU, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.