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by frayle
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: BMCo machines - what kind of finish to the wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1642

Re: BMCo machines - what kind of finish to the wood?

Many thanks to both, very useful. I shall endeavour to find a suitable varnish with perhaps a low satin sheen. Don't think they should be in any way glossy'.
by frayle
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: BMCo machines - what kind of finish to the wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1642

BMCo machines - what kind of finish to the wood?

Hi.
I am currently restoring a 1930s BMCo 'The Favourite' allwin. Does anyone know whether the original finish to the oak cabinet was a simple waxed one, or some kind of satin lacquer or varnish?

Thanks.
by frayle
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Re: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb

This background information to any particular Bryan's machine I would find hugely interesting to have - to know the provenance of a machine would add much to its general value and desirability I think. I would be happy to pay between £5 - £10 per machine for the relevant info, perhaps with a discoun...
by frayle
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Re: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb

The Canterbury Payramid has a number of 998 - does that tell us anything about quantities made generally? According to Braithwaite's book a total of 1003 Payramids were made, which seems to dovetail quite neatly with the apparent production date of No.998 - almost too neatly!? For those who are not...
by frayle
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Re: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb

Interesting. I wonder how many 'modern' machines of the various types Jim Bryan made in those later years? How much did your Payramid cost back then if you don't mind telling? If you do no worries! The Canterbury Payramid has a number of 998 - does that tell us anything about quantities made general...
by frayle
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Re: Canterbury Auction Galleries sale 5-6 Feb

If the Payramid was made as recently as the 1980s/'90s then presumably it would have been produced in order to sell directly to a collector, as opposed to a showman, who clearly would have had no interest in it, particularly as it operates using the traditional old penny? Perhaps this explains the m...
by frayle
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: 1912 Improved Pickwick
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: 1912 Improved Pickwick

Many thanks for the clarification. I'll have a look at mine and see if the 'mechanism' can easily be separated from the case. I suspect not that easily as there is a cast strut across the centre of the works which is screwed to the inside of one of the rear 'planks'. As such would need to remove tha...
by frayle
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: 1912 Improved Pickwick
Replies: 5
Views: 986

1912 Improved Pickwick

Would anyone know how it is possible to refill the copper tube of tokens on a c.1912 Improved Pickwick ball catcher please? It seems sealed all the way through, and no access at the top as it is tight against the plinth?
Thanks in anticipation.
by frayle
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Elephant House Auctions
Replies: 1156
Views: 160741

Re: Elephant House Auctions

Wow, that Strike 'Em for £2,200! Yes a serious sum for a 1960s Whales, BUT how many of this particular large allwin were produced, AND how many remain in this untouched condition? Judging by the commission bids allegedly left, of 1050, 1500 and 1650, at least three people think that the 'Strike 'Em...
by frayle
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: WANTED: Wondermatics machines
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

WANTED: Wondermatics machines

WANTED by new collector - The following 'Wonders' penny machines in very good original condition, or better: Basket Ball Big Wheel Bonus Boomerang Game Shot Gone Fishin' Helter Skelter Honest Joe Kum Fishing Lido Net Ball Patsy Fun Fair Pot a Ball Pot Luck Quick Returns Rally Ball Ringla Ski Jump Sn...