MECHANICAL CAST IRON LION AND MONKEYS MONEY BANK 1880s
Excellent example of the Monkey and Lion Bank - money box - which was designed by Louis Kyser and Alfred C Rex for which they were granted Patent number 281,177 on July 17 1883 (this is stamped beneath the original coin retainer on the underside of the bank). The bank was ultimately manufactured by the Kyser and Rex Company located in Frankford, Pennsylvania. It has retained most of its original paint (no later or overpainting) and is in complete working order, together with original key. Original operating instructions read "Place a coin in the monkey's hand and touch a spring at the root of the tree. The monkey throws the coin at the lion who opens his mouth and dexterously catches it, while the young monkey jumps on its mother's shoulders. Height 9.5"