ANTIQUES — March, 1941          Pat. No. 118,011          Back to Text

The First Five Years of Patented Toy Banks — By H. Blair Hull — Figure 4

 Race Course, Patent Drawing No. 118,011

Fig. 4 — RACE COURCE BANK. Patented August 15, 1871, by John Hall, Watertown, Massachusetts, inventor, Constructed of cast-iron parts, tin horses. Operation: a spring is set by pulling cord; depositing a coin releases spring and the two horses speed around circular track. Horses start from point marked with a star. This bank is fairly rare. Usually called the horse race bank. Some advertisements in old catalogues show sulkeys instead of jockeys.