In the late 19th century cast iron toy banks were a popular way to store coins. They came in a variety of shapes like miniature models of banks, various animals like the ever-popular piggy banks, and some can even be found in the shape of boats and trains. They are still charming reminders of Ben Franklin’s famous saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
There were two types of cast iron banks, still and mechanical. Still banks had no moving parts and were more widely produced. They came in a variety of models like historical landmarks, people, animals and trains. The cast-iron banks tended to be more elaborate than banks made using other materials and were made using detailed molds.
We have a number of Cast Iron Banks and some similar looking pot metal banks available now in our eBay Store. Check it out!