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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby miked16 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:21 pm

Managed to get the front panel off today. Unfortunately no key for the lock :( , but was able to unscrew the brackets holding it in place inside and then slide it out. So now I have managed to get some *hopefully* better pictures of the Coin Mechanism:
I imagine it's just a case of looking around, but does anyone know a supplier of locks or even keys for old locks? I would like to get the front one changed especially so that I have a key to it. The side doors aren't so important really because one is open already. Here are the locks;

Front door:
Side doors:
Stuart, thanks for your email, just going to send you one now!

Thanks again all!

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby JC » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:23 pm

Yes, the boxes on my site are for the Elephant vendor - they're listed as suitable for Whales Win a Gift allwins because it's supposed to be a site for allwin spares! But they're all the same size. (I have 10,000 of them, by the way - so hold the Hong Kong order for now).
Back in the '60s, there were are lot of Auto Gift machines to be found on fairgrounds - the boxes in these were bigger (I don't know why - all you got was a crap tinny ring which would have fitted in a matchbox).

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby trevb » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:06 pm

Brings back memories as one of the better novelty machines giving out gifts or cards. We had them in the arcades I worked in in the 70s. The light blue boxes came flatpacked and had to be made up and filled with very junky trinkets and small toys. Fun if you have a machine at home as a hobby, but a bit dull on a busy summer's day with the thing constantly emptied by punters, making up several hundred boxes at a time! The other novelty machine needing 'feeding' was the fortune teller - put your hand in, press down on a springplate which lit up and read your 'fortune'. These had to be topped up constantly with stacks of cards, and I'm afraid to say they were random - they didn't really analyse your future prospects and deliver a personal message....perhaps we would be caught by the Trades Descriptions Act these days! Another one was a target shooter which gave out paper targets with holes in. These were, of course, punched from behind by a puncher mounted on a bar connected to the gun - so it did depend on a good aim. Happy days!

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby jimmy55 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:14 am

Whereabouts was that Trev? I always wonder where arcades buy in their gifts from there a trade magazine or do they get reps that call with suitcases full of plastic wonders? There is a lot of quite good Diecast cars in the 2p pushers these days and I'd love to get my hands on some of those in quantity, but the operators keep it all pretty quiet!

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby badpenny » Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:35 pm

Try looking up "Swag" a lot of the swagmen were known to the showmen and just turned up with a van load periodically where the fairs were touring.
World's Fair used to be full of adverts for swag, I should think nowadays they just buy it off eBay.


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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:33 pm

Mike - your Treasure Cave is the earliest (and most attractive) version I've seen.
Treasure Island, from last year's Elephant House auction, is probably the most recent (and ugly).
Treasure Island by Sound Leisure Ltd.
In the composite picture on page 3 of this thread, showing eight machines (at least four of which look radically different), I notice all employ the same PUSH prize door casting.
The only one which doesn't is Sound Leisure Ltd.'s revival of the game, above. I always assumed Oliver Whales was the sole maker. Is there any evidence (apart from the diversity of styles) that another company made them?

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby JC » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:41 pm

I notice all employ the same PUSH prize door casting.
The PUSH prize doors are actually from Waltonian merchandisers. It's odd that so many should end up on these Elephant machines - their use seems to be universal.

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby jubileeriviera1 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:16 pm

I'm in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was offered one of these a few weeks ago by a showman if anyone is interested in buying one.

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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby craig123 » Sat May 12, 2018 1:05 pm

Hi All :tarah:

I know it's a long shot but I was wondering if anyone is, or knows of someone who is selling one of these machines??



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Re: Treasure Cave (Elephant Gift Vender)

Postby 13rebel » Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:45 pm

There is a video of a Treasure Cave on You Tube. Search 'Oliver Whales Treasure Cave.

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