M994.78.2 | Bank (toy)

 
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Bank (toy)
1880-1890, 19th century
Metal: cast iron, galvanized iron
18.5 x 16 x 9 cm
Gift of Mrs. Janice Hamilton
M994.78.2
© McCord Museum
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Mechanical banks like this one were introduced in the 1870s. Among the first toys in cast iron to be produced industrially, they were an immediate success and remained popular right up until the 1930s. There are countless models, most of which are activated by depositing a coin.


Cast iron had been used in the manufacture of European toys since the 18th century. At that time it was used for the wheels, and not for the entire toy. It was American toy makers who introduced toys made entirely of cast iron. This bank was made in Canada and is very similar to the ones produced in the United States at the time.