See, 'Speaking Dog Bank' by F.H. Griffith. HOBBIES Magazine, October, 1974.
Griffith notes that "the only differences between the Stevens bank and the Shepard bank are the coin traps. Shepard used their conventional rectangular locking trap and Stevens their regular round coin trap. The outline of the filled in rectangular section for the Shepard trap can be seen on the Stevens Speaking Dog Banks."
(Good overall condition with scattered paint loss; 7.5 by 7.5”)
A good "jockey-over-version" by J & E Stevens Company, Cromwell, Connecticut. Sold as "Kicking Mule" during the period. When the lever is pressed, the mule kicks up and turns counter clockwise facing the opposite direction causing the boy to fall backwards as if kicked by the mule; coin slides into the slot. Very good original condition; paint at 90% (+); mechanically fine...trap appears to be replaced.
The bank remains in good working condition and retains approximately 50% of the original paint.
Condition: the trap is missing.
Dimensions: 6.75-inches high, 10-inches long, 2.75-inches wide.
231-25 - SOLD
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