Folk-Carved Wood Church Bank 19thC Ex-Collection
Pennsylvania, 19th century. Handsome form and rich color with a mellow patina acquired through the ages. What we love about this bank are the cathedral windows and the front door, which were painted on by a child, or so it appears. The steeple is complete with finely carved louvers. It was beautifully hand carved. The coin slot is functional. Construction is early, done with tiny wire, early nails and glue. The bottom has middle section of wood missing, visible in our photo. It looks like someone may have wanted to have a go at the coins inside. The number “16” is deeply gouge-carved in the bottom. Pencil signed ~ looks like "Arthur", with possibly the date. This bank is in very good condition with minor, anticipated wear. Provenance: From the noted Emmory Prior collection, Binghamton, New York.
4 ¾”L X 3 ½”W x 5 ¾”T