Essex Flat Racer identified

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Essex Flat Racer identified

Postby John T. Peterson » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:20 pm

All right, lad and lasses, it's show and tell time again. Show me your smarts and tell me the maker of this game!

Below is a coin operated game named "Dog Races." As you can see, it's a beautiful machine looking for identification. The owner is a long time American collector who has had the game for over 55 years. The game is currently set up to take the American quarter but the coin slide is adjustable and can accommodate sizes from other countries, including Great Britain.

Several distinctive features of the game are worth mentioning. It's a clock-wound/powered machine. You insert your coin, turn the handle to return the dogs to the starting gate, and await the winner. There is no dog selection feature. Pay-out is predetermined and occurs on the play AFTER you win; it other words, it's a future pay machine. The dogs race from right to left. This is a game that has worked for a living. It's now in well deserved retirement.

Full bragging rights to the one who identifies the maker. Posers in the past have suggested all possible American manufacturers as well as several British and German companies. Extra credit to anyone who has an advertisement or an identical game.

Don't disappoint me. I've told the owner that my Pennymachines brain trust is more than equal to the task. Let the contest begin!

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby coppinpr » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:51 pm

Nice machine and unfortunately I know nothing about the actual machine. Two things do spring to mind: first the date, any ideas? Has to be after 1928 as dog racing isn't around before that, and second the background is clearly a horse racing scene. Could there have been a horse race version and is that one easier to track down?

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby coppinpr » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:00 pm

Looking at the colors of the dogs, I thought it might throw light on the country of origin, but not really, for the UK the color order should be red, blue, white, black, orange, black/white. It's close but not correct. There looks to be a green dog. Green is not used in UK dog racing but is in the USA, also there are six dogs which is UK style whereas in the US it would be 8 dogs but the size of the machine might have limited that, so, not much help really !PUZZLED!

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby John T. Peterson » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:15 pm

I like your deductive reasoning, Coppinpr. Anyone else?

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby badpenny » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:01 pm

It must be UK because I have spent literally moments having a shufty through the images on Google and every picture of a race track showing a winning post with a circle on the top of a pole was from the Mother Land or one of the still faithful colonies.

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby bryans fan » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:09 pm

My first instinct was British, then I waivered to the US, but then came back to good old blighty. I have discussed this machine with a couple of collectors, and we all have come to the same conclusion, independently. I thought they would have posted by now, but they haven't, so I will.
I think it was made by Essex. If you look at a picture of the Corn Exchange machine you will see the case has remarkably similar proportions and the payout cup identical.
Unfortunately I am only able to claim around 20% bragging rights.
Unfortunately I can't find a picture but there is a thread on the Corn Exchange on this site.

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby bryans fan » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:16 pm

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby roger » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:19 pm

Hi there dog race fans..... I have been following DOG RACE post and about to offer my 2 pc. when along comes BRYANS FAN and says that the machine is made by ESSEX because coin cup is identical.........better check out WATLING "Dewey" (circa 1900) as coin cup is IDENTICAL and it is a much older machine..............all Essex machines are pictured and I don't see any DOG RACE....also, the Essex mechs don't look anything like DOG RACE.......WATLING??????? ESSEX??????? Somebody out there must have an advertisement.

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby Gameswat » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:42 am

I just posted a pic of an Essex Stock Exchange in another thread. Please note that the handle backing plate is the same as on this greyhound game. The payout cup is the same style used on some Essex machines, I've seen at least 3 x diff styles of cup. Also note that the payout cup is mounted into the cashbox door like other Essex machines, something I don't ever recall seeing on any US made machine. And the fact that it has a lower front cash door is something almost always used on British cabinets like Allwins etc. etc. The front door uses the same 4 piece wood joinery as other Essex games. If you read the award card it says the game pays out with the next coin played, so this is a future play, just like the line of Essex games including Stock Exchange and Corn Exchange etc. The coin entry has been cut out for a wide coin, US made would be much smaller.
Hi there dog race fans..... I have been following DOG RACE post and about to offer my 2 pc. when along comes BRYANS FAN and says that the machine is made by ESSEX because coin cup is identical.........better check out WATLING "Dewey" (circa 1900) as coin cup is IDENTICAL and it is a much older machine..............all Essex machines are pictured and I don't see any DOG RACE....also, the Essex mechs don't look anything like DOG RACE.......WATLING??????? ESSEX??????? Somebody out there must have an advertisement.

The Walting Dewey cup is similar and was probably copied by Essex to save time as I've seen done in a number of diff ways by later makers. If the machine was anything like circa 1900 it would be far more ornate and not as streamlined as this. How do you know all the Essex machines are pictured? I know of quite a few machines by major makers that have never been seen in print or in game lists. This Greyhound game doesn't play anything like the other Essex machines so the mech has to be different in design than those. I don't have my Braithwaite book with me but I've been told there is a Greyhound game listed by Essex in there?

So after all that I'd date this to the later '20s and made by Essex. Nice game by the way, pity it's in the US.

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Re: "Dog Races" - Uncommonly unique and unknown

Postby John T. Peterson » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:51 pm

Well done, young Gameswat! Unless someone comes up with an actual advertisement or a more compelling analysis, I think you may have won bragging rights on this one. Part of the fun of collecting British coin operated machines is the mystery of attribution and the fabulous community that rises to the challenge. Well done, indeed!

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