PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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Re: Two Handan-Ni games

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Bonanza gipsy (who has been a lurker on the site since 2006!) phoned me this morning about these games. He has owned them for many years, and rescued them from a leaky shed. All that was left was the fronts so, as treefrog surmised, the carved tops aren't original. Most of the mechanisms were gone, but the original graphics were preserved (copied and reprinted on the games). He says the original Handan-Ni labels also survived (hence the attribution). I suggested the mechanism may be very similar to other Handan-Ni's. The catcher above looks to be the same game.
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Re: Two Handan-Ni games

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Following TF's lead on this (namely, that it's by Pessers, Moody Wraith & Gurr), I've found the 1915 patent for the game, which shows the mechanism. Evidently, some changes were made to the production design. I've added it to Archive/Patents: GB191510036

Although Handan-Ni were manufacturers and distributors to the trade, there are no patents listed under their name. PMW&G Ltd were at 148-150 Curtain Road, London, less than a mile from Handan-Ni Ltd's 121 Middlesex Street base.

There are a bunch of other patents by Pessers & co. which I will also add.
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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You can see by the plaque that it was made by a company formerly trading as Handan-Ni. That might account for not finding it. Also it has quite a bit of mechanism in it...
MANUFACTURED BY
London Automatic Machine Co. Ltd.
FORMERLY TRADING AS
HANDAN-NI LIMITED
12, 14 & 16 WESTMORELAND PLACE
CITY ROAD, LONDON, N.1.
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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Of course the name alluded to the 'hand and eye' coordination (i.e. skill) required to play their games. Paul Braithwaite tells us they changed it to London Automatic Machine Co. Ltd. in 1919, due to difficulties in making it understood over the telephone. That gives us the earliest date your game could have been made. The correct spelling of the original name continues to confuse in the internet age.

I haven't found any patents applied for by the London Automatic Machine Co. I'm guessing they were manufacturing for, or agents of, Pessers, Moody, Wraith & Gurr.
PMW&G's 1917 French patent for Bijou Pickwick: FR481713
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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pennymachines wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:51 pm ....... the name alluded to the 'hand and eye' coordination (i.e. skill) required to play their games .....
Well Strewth and 'Blige me sideways! I did not know that.
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badpenny wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:31 pm
pennymachines wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:51 pm ....... the name alluded to the 'hand and eye' coordination (i.e. skill) required to play their games .....
Well Strewth and 'Blige me sideways! I did not know that.
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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The two machines which, as you say, are over restored, belong to me, but if you had seen them when I came across them, I doubt if you would have given them a second look. Sides, top and bottom rotted, basically just the front doors and not much else. They were so bad that my wife banned them from anywhere near the house. So I restored them as I thought they would probably have been, with no reference to go by. I don't think I got it far wrong. The small plaque on the play field states The London Automatic Machine Co, Formally trading as Handan-Ni, but can't find much about them. The machines play on 1/2p. If you would like to talk more about machines I would be happy speak with you. You can call me on 07513843063 and ask for Graham.
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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bonanza gipsy wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:00 pm The small plaque on the play field states The London Automatic Machine Co, Formally trading as Handan-Ni, but can't find much about them.

Again, from Paul Braithwaite:
The London Automatic Machine Co. Ltd... came into being in early 1919, at 12 Middlesex St., Bishopsgate, E1. By autumn of that year it had occupied 12, 14 &16 Westmoreland Place, N1. In late Spring 1921 the "Handan-Ni" trademark, manufacturing rights, plant and premises were taken over by Jofeh & Stapleton. The London Automatic Machine Co. remained in business as hirers of machines and dealers. In 1926 their premises and contents at 169 Cleethorpes Rd., Grimsby (an arcade) were for sale. In 1927 they were once more "Manufacturer, patentees and suppliers" of all kinds of automatics. In 1929 they were one of a number in the industry controlled and owned by Associated Automatic Machine Corporation. Last advert 1930.

John Jofeh was co-patentee with HJG Pessers and FE Moody on a coin acceptor, further attesting to ties between Handan-Ni/London Automatic Machine Co. and Pessers, Moody, Wraith & Gurr.
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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I doubt the machines play on ½p.
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Re: PMW&G / Handan-Ni Bijou Pickwicks

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Aha - just about to say many machines of this age played on 1/2d ....... but read your post again! !THUMBS!
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