Here's an original Jolly "N" bank from the SHEPARD HARDWARE CO. Of Buffalo NY, patented by them on MAR, 14, 1882 and so marked on the back of the man along with JOLLY "N" BANK. It was produced by SHEPARD for 10 years and then by other companies for many years thereafter, but we can be sure this piece was produced between 1882 and 1892. Shepard was noted for the extremely well fitting cast iron pieces and tight movement of the works.
The lever at the rear of the man's left shoulder is pushed down to raise the coin in hand to the mouth for deposit in the bank, simultaneously rolling back the eyes. This piece has all of those characteristics, very heavy bank (over 4 pounds), extremely smooth surface, well fitting and nicely operational. Shepard was also well known for their very artistic painting... However, they used no primer and most are found with a great deal of paint loss as with this item. The base of the piece, the removable plate that allows emptying of the bank is further marked MADE BY SHEPARD HARDWARE CO.In addition it has PATD. IN CANADA MAR 27, 1883. The last digit in the year is hard to read because of some light corrosion, but I'm pretty sure it is a 3. Extensive red paint remains on the jacket, but it is dull and worn all over. The eyes also still have paint.
The piece stands 6-3/4 tall and is in excellent mechanical condition with outstanding patina. The item "ORIGINAL JOLLY N BANK, SHEPARD HARDWARE CO. BUFFALO NY, PAT MAR14, 1882 EXCEL" is in sale since Saturday, August 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Banks". The seller is "rgbett" and is located in Mount Dora, Florida.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.