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1897 Gray Cast Iron Maine Battleship Bank Nr $500 For Sale
Hello all!! Bankskull is
back! 2013 is going to continue to sizzle! Idid not do much bank
collecting this last year BUT here is the up side: I am downsizing my personal
collection and I will be selling off some incredible
near mint to mint cast iron and tin pieces, plus many others!! Many I have never seen on
for sale before. I have put away many of the best items I have found and
will be offering them to you! If you are not on my email list yet, I suggest you get on it, you don’t
want to miss out!! (Details below) THERE ARE15 MORE
ITEMS UP FOR SALE
IN THIS sale BLOCK. Only to one item listed in the title is for sale on this page. If you would like to see the other 15 items up for sale now, hit the see sellers other items button.
I generally collect but I have been having fun
with these sales so I’m picking up “extras” when I find them now &
offering them to all you collectors out there on . I hit all the garage
& estate sales, flea markets, antique shows & some treasures!!!! I
have banks manufactured by all the major manufacturers. I also have branched
out into some of my other cast iron interests, mainly doorstops &
paperweights but I have some unexpected surprises as well. Always
and starting at $.99 because I feel the quality the items will speak for
themselves and get a fair price. I regularly have sales. If
you would like, send me your email & I will add you to the list & notify
you when I have an sale. I ONLY use this info to send you info on my
sales, absolutely noththing else!
You are offerding on a
cast iron Maine Battleship bank. J
& E Stevens produced these banks from 1897 through 1903. J and E Stevens of
Cromwell Connecticut is the oldest toy company
It is synonymous with mechanical banks but it produced quite a few still banks
as well. It produced banks from 1870 until the depression forced it’s closure
in the early 30’s. The banks
paint is in awesome shape NEAR MINT for a bank
this old. The original brown lacquer Japanned paint is 98% intact, most of the
gold highlights are also present. This bank is in good condition with no
cracks, chips, breaks, repairs or damage of any kind unless stated. It has a
crack in the deck but is in stable condition, the mast has a piece of wire
around it as seen in pictures. The seams are tight, even, the pieces align
well, has the original turn-pin. 4 5/8” high x 4 7/8 long. In Moore’s
penny book #1440 for $300-$500 in 2008!!!
History of the Maine:
The USS MAINE was one of the first United States
battleships to be constructed. The vessel's destruction in the Cuba Harbor
of Havana was a catalyst in bringing war between
the United States and Spain.
The loss of the ship was tremendous shock to the United
States since it represented virtually the state of the
art of naval shipbuilding in the United States, only recently
eclipsed by newer vessels. "Remember the Maine"
became the battle cry of the United
States Military Forces in 1898. The
USS MAINE was the second "second-class battleship" constructed for
Navy. The construction of the vessel was authorized by the U.S. Congress on August 3, 1886. MAINE took nearly nine
years to complete. Three years had been spent waiting for her armor plating
The USS MAINE was unique at the time in that she was
purely the product of American naval design, and was built at a U.S.
Naval Yard. In fact, the USS MAINE is the
largest vessel to be actually built in a U.S. Navy Yard.
The new battleship MAINE
was a showpiece for the United
States Navy and was given many ceremonial
tasks. On December 15, 1897,
she got underway, heading south toward Florida
and her final destiny.
The USS MAINE arrived in
Cuba's Havana harbor on January 24, 1898. Because of
propaganda from the U.S.
newspapers and the Cuban Insurgents, the situation in Cuba was not fully understood in Washington DC.
In response to a small protest by Spanish officers, not affecting the United States, Washington sent the USS MAINE to Cuba on a
"friendly" visit. At about 9:30
PM on February 15, the MAINE
was shattered by two separate explosions and rapidly sank. Two hundred and
fifty-two men were killed. Ammunition continued to explode for hours after the
blast. After the disaster, U.S.
newspapers were quick to place responsibility for the loss on Spain. In spite of the newspaper
propaganda, an official court of inquiry was held by the U.S. Navy to determine the cause of
the blasts. The Navy concluded that the ship was sunk by a mine which ignited
the forward magazines, but stated that it could not fix responsibility upon any
person or persons, including the government or military forces of Spain.
Regardless of the reality of the situation, the loss of the USS MAINE had
turned American popular opinion strongly in favor of war with Spain. Despite of his efforts to
avoid war, President McKinley
finally decided to militarily intervene in Cuba
to end the ongoing unrest and "liberate" Cuba from Spanish rule. Later
studies have indicated the possibility that the USS MAINE sunk as a result of a
coal bunker fire adjacent
to one of its ammunition magazines, and not a result of a Spanish mine.
The USS MAINE rested on the floor of Havana Harbor
until 1911. In that year, a cofferdam was built around the wreck. The hull was
patched enough to enable it to float. Based on what was found, a second
inconclusive court of inquiry was held, one of many to come. The wreck was then
towed out of the harbor and sunk in sea. It now lies at a depth of thirty-six
Will combine, prefer it actually. It’s generally the same cost or
a buck or two more depending on the weight. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL I SEND YOU A COMBINED SHIPPING INVOICE. WILL SEND YOU ONE WITH THE FULL SHIPPING PRICE FOR ALL THE ITEMS PURCHASED. IF YOU PAY BEFORE I SEND A COMBINED INVOICE, I MAY NOT NOTICE THAT YOU OVER PAID FOR SHIPPING. IF I DO NOTICE I WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE BUT PLEASE WAIT FOR THE COMBINED INVOICE TO SAVE A REFUND HASSLE FOR BOTH OF US. THANKS.
FYI: I always go to the USPS to mail the items
so I always have a receipt/ proof that the items were mailed
I suggest to the winner to print a copy of this
sale, it will increase the resale value of your purchase tremendously having
this information as a hard copy along with the bank. You are paying for this
information, make use of it! Plus it’s fun to look back in 20 years and say I
only paid $200 for that way back when. Most of the banks today selling for
$200-$400 were $15-$50 in the mid 1970’s, big money when the reference guides I
have were printed.
If the item is not described or photographed properly you will get a full
refund plus your cost to ship it back to me as well. My customers shouldn't be
out of pocket for a mistake if it's mine.
Please ask any and all questions before sale
ends. No refunds for buyer’s remorse. Items are photographed and described
Payment due in 5 days. Shipped via USPS priority without insurance unless
requested. Seller assumes no responsibility for a lost or damaged package. FYI:
I always go to the USPS to mail the items so I always have a receipt/ proof
that the items were mailed buyer pays shipping. International, including
Canada, email for air or surface quote. Payment by PayPal. I cheerfully combine
items to reduce shipping. By placing a offer you agree to these terms. I have an
email list that I send to people interested in my monthly sales. If you would
like to be on it send me your address. I only use this for sales.
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1897 Gray Cast Iron Maine Battleship Bank Nr $500: $153