The Official Price Guide to Mechanical
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.