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West Point Bank has museum quality

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By Rebecca Roscoe

The Upton branch of West Point Bank is not an ordinary bank with ordinary decorations.

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Instead, it resembles a small museum.

From the first moment that you walk through the doors, your eyes are drawn to the large and dark stained, glossy bar that is the teller’s castle.

The bar, patented in December of 1903, was purchased by the bank’s founder, Joe Tobin, in the sunny state of California. It was placed in the building before its opening day in 2008.

“He was constantly going to auctions in state and out of state,” said Linda Jaggers, a teller at the branch location. “Whenever he would build a new bank he would decide what he wanted to put in them.”

Tobin accumulated many antique items over his years of attending auctions.

Another interesting piece is a custom-made piece of art – a butterfly filled glass circle. Hundreds of real butterflies, of all different colors and species, were placed to make a circular shape resembling a color wheel.

Artist and owner of the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory in Florida, Sam Trophia, created the wall art. His signature can be found at the bottom of the piece.

Other pieces include a possibly 700-year-old chair, several antique glass windows, ceiling lamps and chandeliers from old hotels.

West Point Bank is located at 114 North Walnut St., Upton. It is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.