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The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks
by Dan Morphy

by Sy Schreckinger ANTIQUE TOY WORLD Magazine December, 2007

     Ever so often a truly informative and up to date reference book is presented to the public. I am delighted that now such a complete and concise work, and one that pertains specifically to Mechanical Banks and Mechanical Bank collecting, is available.
     "The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks" by Dan Morphy encompasses the full spectrum: i.e. old antique originals, fakes, and handmade (prototype) examples. Pictured are over six hundred different Mechanical banks, these displayed in "accurate" full color. Color variations, if applicable, of most examples are also pictured.
     This invaluable guide focuses on the significance of these wonderful toys and how they reflect upon our history. Included are discussions pertaining to the heritage of Mechanical Banks, identification of fakes and reproductions, bank repair and restoration, monetary grading and bank valuation, building a Mechanical Bank collection, Mechanical Bank descriptions and pricing, full color Mechanical Bank trade cards and one-color flyers, and original Mechanical Bank patterns.
     The collector and dealer will be provided with a wealth of information. Determination of authenticity may very well result in the prevention of costly mistakes. The guide will also benefit anyone interested in antiques.
     The deluxe, hard cover Price Guide (Figure 1) and soft cover Pocket Edition (Figure 2) are both currently available at your local book seller.

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