Mechanical Tin Bank featured Bonzo the dog

This vintage bank is easy to date. It’s a type of tin bank that’s no longer popular, and the dog decorating the front was a comic book star from the 1920s to the 1940s. It is the first famous Bonzo. A living dog by this name rose to fame in movies years later.

Bonzo was first pictured in a British comic book in 1922, but the bank was made in Germany by Saalheimer & Strauss. The company manufactured toys, especially cars and motorcycles, until its takeover in 1936.

The toys had an oval mark with two overlapping S letters above the word Success. There are two similar versions of the bank; a poem on how to deposit money is on the front of one guy, but not the other.

Bertoia Auctions sold this mechanical bank for $ 1,800.

Is an embossed metal Cracker Jack button worth anything? It has Sailor Jack, the little Bingo dog and “Me for Crackerjack” on the front. It is approximately 1 inch high and 3/4 inch wide.

Frederick Rueckheim began selling popcorn in 1871. He and his brother, Louis, sold a mixture of popcorn, peanuts, and molasses at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Louis copyrighted the recipe and slogan “The more you eat, the more you want” in 1896. Coupons for prizes were added to boxes in 1910. Sales increased dramatically after small prizes for children were included in boxes from 1912..

Frederick’s grandson was the Sailor Jack model, which was first used in commercials in 1916. The first boxes with Sailor Jack were produced in 1918.

The Cracker Jack prizes are collectible, especially the old metal ones. The prizes were phased out in 2016 and replaced with a game that can be played by scanning a URL code. A snap like yours recently sold for $ 56. Cracker Jack is now part of Frito Lay.

Current prices

Pewter candle holders, fluted shank with scallops, square base with cut corners, tactile mark on base, Continental, c. 1800, 89 inches, pair $ 30.

Quilt, piece work, Steeple Chase pattern, blue cotton, white patterned fabrics, hand sewn with white backing, c. 1900, 56 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches, $ 110.

Jewelry, cufflinks, round plaque, two raised lion heads roaring against each other, 14k yellow gold, oval kidney shaped back, art nouveau, 5/8 inch plaque, $ 365.

Folk art, mirror, hand, DIY, wood, chip carved frame and handle, teardrop shape, Pennsylvania, 19th century, 11 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches, $ 440.

Point: Do not store fabrics in plastic bags. Use a well-washed white pillowcase. Plastic retains moisture and fabrics need to breathe.

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