After a great day at the Coundon auction, I'm still on my quest for a few pre war machines! I've so far only managed to buy a clown catcher and have posted a request for a replacement base but unfortunately haven't had any response yet!. Thanks for the heads up on restoration by the way. I eventually simply degreased the wood which left the stain intact and then re-polished. It came out much better than I would have thought and although the 'spam' tin stain to the top is still evident... it's much better than before and the machine still retains its original patina.
I have also just been offered a rather nice early Bryan's Payramid (perhaps similar to that in the auction) but as you will see by the picture, it would seem the payout casing etc. is missing. Much as I fancy/want this machine, I see no point as I'm sure it would be unlikely the parts are available (unless someone can advise otherwise). Don't need another garage filler!