This Post-US Civil War USA made "Uncle Tom" mechanical bank is the very first of its kind that I have ever owned. The Uncle Tom bank is missing the one main-bolt that joins him together, and there is presently a rubber-band around his neck holding the bank together. I do not think that finding a replacement bolt will proove to be "Rocket Science".This bank DIFFERS from those I have found out there on The WWW in that he does NOT HAVE his name "Uncle Tom" on his jacket lapels. Otherwise seems identical to the other "Uncle Tom Banks". I have been very kindly advised that this version is known as the "Without Lapels" type of Uncle Tom bank. Both the'with lapels' & the'without lapels versions' were both covered by the same registered design patent number D-252,607 which was issued to Louis Kyser & Alfred Rex of Frankford, Pa. The bank was manufactured by the Kyser & Rex Co. Located in the same town. Knowledgeable comment on PAINTWORK = The bank is a minimum of mostly repainted. All of the bright colors are 100% repainted. The repaint does appear to have some age. But, as to how much age we would only know if we were looking in person at the bank. However, all of the bright colors are entirely & completely repainted. The execution of the brush strokes is not as good as they would have been when executed by the painters at the original factory. Also, all of the bright colors, while quite similar to some of the original colors used, are not correct in their shades. The paint work on the jacket & tie is much more well done than are the eyes (repainted very crudely) which brings to mind that the eyes were probably repainted by a different hand than the person who repainted the jacket & tie. It is hard to tell for certain from your photos as to whether or not the black is or is not original. But, our general driftwith us is that the black face paint is probably original. MANY THANKS for that most valued advice Jim & Ginny :. His locking base plate has the initials U. And the lock mechanism works perfectly retains ORIGINAL KEY.
There is NO CORROSSION or any rust or damage inside or out. AGE = I do not know how old he is but GUARANTEE that he is a genuine ANTIQUE over 100+ years OLD. I would GUESS that this design of "Torso Bank" PRE-DATES the Shepard Hardware Company's Jolly Black Man Bank with an actuating arm. The item "UNCLE TOM' Genuine ANTIQUE Black Man Mechanical Bank Coin Bank Money Box 19th C" is in sale since Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Banks". The seller is "phillip_in_new_zealand" and is located in Auckland (aprox. 12,000 "clicks" from USA). This item can be shipped worldwide.