William & H. James Co.
Kind of Toys:
Cast-Iron Mechanical Banks
Size (LxWxH in inch):
B 4,5" H 5,5"
Size (LxWxH in cm):
B 11,4 H 14
Results: (E=Ebay; D=Sale; B=Auction) (Z=Condition)
B Z2+ 212,50 2010; E R 487,50 2013; B Z0 1.194,00 2014
Sambo mechanical bank. This it the "SAMBO BANK" manufactured by the William & H. James Co., Willenhall, England. There are many bust type banks, but this is probably one of, if not the rarest of the bust banks. It is similiar to the "Little Joe" Banks but has some differences. The tongue on Little Joe is flat while the Sambo tongue is fuller and rounded. The base plate on Little Joe is cast iron with no perforations. Sambo has an unusual cast iron plate with the front half only perforated. The thumbs of the figures are different and of course, the obvious, the name Sambo on the back of the bank. It is unique to have the name painted in yellow instead of gold. There has been some question as to whether the maker was John Harper Co. Or W. H. James. Presently the consensus is that W. H. James Co. Made the bank. The Sambo bank went undiscovered for a long a time and is still rarely found and not many exist. To operate, place a coin in the extended right hand, press the lever located on the shoulder and the hand lifts to the mouth. The coins slides in as the tongue recedes and the eyes roll upward.
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