What a great find for the bank collector, the firefighter or for a child’s room! This heavy, sturdy ceramic still bank has no manufacturer’s mark but probably dates from the 1950’s. It’s a special helmet because it is painted red to show it’s the Fire Chief’s helmet and has a black shield with the number 1, FIRE Chief and F.D. on it. Surmounting the shield is the head of an American eagle which is painted in gold. It is so nicely detailed that around the entire edge on top is a “seam” with “stitching.” On the bottom there is an oval metal plate screwed on (one screw is missing without any effect on the stability.) Inset into the metal plate is the opening for removing coins; it has a 2 inch round rubber stopper that is easily removed but fits snugly into the opening so coins won’t fall out. The coin slot on the back behind the eagle is 3/8 inches wide and 1 ½ inches long.
The bank itself measures almost 9 inches long and 7 ½ inches wide. From the edge of the brim to the top of the eagle’s crown is about 5 ½ inches. It weighs a little over a pound and, given that it is ceramic, amazingly has only one fleabite on the entire piece, with no chips, cracks or restoration. This coin bank has been well taken care of.
By: Linda Henrich
Photo's By: Wayne Henrich