Restoration of 3 Sixes

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rigg
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Restoration of 3 Sixes

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This was my first attempt at restoration last year, and I would like some opinion from fellow restorers, knowledgeable folk. Have I gone too far in its new appearance? I did buy some more brass plate to replace the back-plate but thought it detracted too much, even though the original is badly scoured by previous attempts to clean it! I used a French polish technique on the timber, as you can see the original condition was pretty horrible, but could have possibly been cleaned up. Anyway, have I overdone it? Also, is it a 'Sixies'? It throws the penny (not ball) around in an attempt to land in one of the 3 six slots for a return coin and play. I have another similar styled game that is called 'Fly To The Moon' (I think) that flicks the penny in a similar way to land in the moon slot! It requires a bit of work also and could end up like this one, unless I get other suggestions from this forum...
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Re: restoration of penny flick game

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....... can't see a picture, are you having problems? :?
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Here you go.

All I do is save them to Photobucket at a reduced size then copy and paste the link into here.

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Re: restoration of penny flick game

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I'd say you did an excellent job on that BM Co. The French polish looks great, is appropriate to the machine's period and will tone down and mature as it is dusted and polished over time. The brass fittings will also tone down quite quickly as they tarnish.

Judging by your original picture, there wasn't a salvageable wood finish to work with that would have allowed the attractive character of the oak to shine through as it does now.

I think you did the right thing by keeping the original distressed brass backplate.
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Hi Rigg, :D Well done! I think this machine looks just right, you have done a good job with the restoration, good luck with your other machine. :tarah:
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Re: restoration of penny flick game

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It's a beaut!!!!!!! :D

What do you know of its history?
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Re: restoration of penny flick game

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Thanks for the vote of confidence with this resto. I will attack the other similar machine with same technique. They should look quite good together.
As for history, no - don't know a thing about it. Didn't even know it was a BM Co. make... So thanks. Any idea of the age of this? I suppose it is early 1900s being just a penny and not a ball style??

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Nice restoration - great machine! But it's not as old as you think. It's more early '30s than early 1900s.
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Hi Rigg, it looks like there should be a 'stop' where the hole is to the right of the flicker handle. This is a rod which would protrude outwards to stop the flicker handle being pulled down beyond that point.
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Nice restoration job Rigg, if 'Fly to the Moon' ends up as good, you will have a lovely couple of machines.

(Was going to say a 'lovely pair' but this would get construed the wrong way by some stalwart Forum members!!)
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