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Look what I found

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:59 pm
by atticbrowser
I brought this Pickwick home today. It appears to be complete and working apart from only having one ball. (I set up the jokes, you supply the punchlines).
More when I’ve examined it more carefully.

Re: Look what I found

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:16 pm
by gameswat
Nice find Attic, classic elegant machines these Pickwick's. And seems to be in nice unmolested original cond. When I got mine the previous owner had already had a go at "restoring", sadly he didn't know what he was doing at the time and hacked the wood with an 80 grit rotary sander!! Then stripped off the old nickel and highly polished the brass and lacquered, then to finish threw away the aged cloth to replace with brand new! The wood was so badly scoured that he had to almost black stain the whole thing to hide the marks. Underneath was the most stunning tiger striped oak I've ever had to this day. When he saw the finished cabinet a week later he nearly fell over at the transformation and realising how badly he'd treated it 20 years earlier.

Re: Look what I found

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:01 pm
by atticbrowser
Thank you gameswot. Yes it does appear to be complete, unmolested and original. I have been thinking carefully about cosmetic restoration and for the time being I’ll limit it to a gentle wipe with a soft cloth. The key is missing of course so currently the innards are only accessible from the back. I’ve taken a few photos and if anyone has a similar model I’d appreciate photos of the correct mechanical configuration. Also if anyone thinks something is missing I’d like to hear.

Re: Look what I found

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:54 am
by atticbrowser
I’ve decided to sell this Pickwick rather than restoring it myself. I’ve just brought home a classic pinball machine that will take up all my efforts for the summer. What should I ask for it? Any advice gratefully received.

Re: Look what I found

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:16 am
by treefrog
You should search the Arena, as Pennymachine takes the time to capture as many results from sales.... These machines seem to go for between £700 to £750 less commission. One did sell at £1600 at and auction 3 years ago, but wild sales will always happen....

Re: Look what I found

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2021 1:40 pm
by atticbrowser
Thank you treefrog.

Re: Look what I found

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2021 1:48 pm
by bryans fan
Sadly these wonderful early machines seem to have fallen out of favour in recent times, and are not so highly regarded as they should be. This is due in part to people collecting what they remember from their childhood, and has been discussed before. You really need two people who are after one!