An 1886 Charles Bailey-designed breadwinners mechanical bank will star in RSL Auctions' December 7 sale in Newark with an estimate of $35,000-45,000.
The bank, manufactured by J & E Stevens, is considered by collectors to be one of the finest ever produced. It represents an allegory on the dangers of rampant capitalism and the rise of unionism.
The model pre-dates the Sherman Anti-Trust act, which gave the US government the power to break monopolies - and features a less than flattering depiction of an industrialist.
A near mint example sold at RSL Auctions for $80,000 in 2010.
A Calamity mechanical bank circa 1905, which features an American football theme, is expected to make $28,000-35,000.
Also designed by Charles Bailey and manufactured by J & E Stevens, the lot is in "pristine plus" condition and is described as one of the best examples known.
Architectural banks will also feature, including a version of the red Ives, Blakeslee and Williams palace bank that is valued at $18,000-22,000.
A J & E Stevens multiplying bank in near mint condition is estimated to realise $10,000-15,000. It features two mirrors on the interior that appear to multiply the coin.
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