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Jimmy Durante Character Still Bank, American, 1940s



Whimsical and stereotypical depiction of the world famous entertainer and comedian of the 1930s-1950s, Jimmy Durante; known for his large nose. Manufactured by Abbot Wares, Los Angeles, California, circa 1940s, this bank was created by well-known American/ Italian sculptor Charles Romanelli, who also sculpted a life sized image of Elvis Presley. His name (signature) is embossed at the rear bottom of the bank "C. Romanelli" (see image). The bank is in near perfect condition and even has the original circular twist coin trap at the underneath of the base. Bank is made of a copper plated zinc alloy. The coin slot is in quite a whimsical location placed at the top of Durante's nose. Durante's name is embossed at the base of the front (see image). Dimensions: 7" high x 4 1/2" wide x 5" deep.


  • Creator
    Abbot Wares (Manufacturer),Charles Romanelli (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Width: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Depth: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1940s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Incline Village, NV
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU973210398403

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    $15 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Incline Village, NV
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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