A tramp art bank guarded by a carved soldier. When a coin is placed on the soldiers head he sways to one side and deposits the coin in a slot. We have had several by the same hand and it was a way to induce children to learn to save money as they were being entertained. The base of the soldier is weighted and so it would be able to sway to one side or the other, primitive but effective. The head of the soldier is especially large I believe to support the large pennies prevalent in the late 1800s.
Circa 1880s – 1900
USA 19th c.