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Re: Bijou or Bajazzo Catcher

Postby badpenny » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:32 pm

.......... and the knobs look the same!

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Re: Jentsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby treefrog » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:09 pm

Thanks for the advice. So I went back today and it was still there.... but the top pediment now was missing half the wood... I had noticed one side was split when visiting before, but someone must have leant on it. Anyway, it is all there and is a clean break, so made an offer again and got it for £450 from the original £580 price tag. Should be a simple clamp and glue repair. In terms of the sign, it looks old to me, the card is embossed with each letter cut out of white paper for each letter and stuck on the embossed card (you can see the N below, which I need to glue back on). On the back is a very old maker stamp, which I can hardly read, but appears to be some Arcade in Snow Hill in Birmingham, with an old phone number Central 433. Can't read the card maker's name. I would suggest this is period, which is good.
So fairly pleased and plays well, just need to keep my eye on some period spandrels and packets of 5 woodbine. Also I can see two areas where card signs on the playfield would have had instructions on, e.g. turn knob and 1D etc., etc. So until I can see another one, will make some cards with appropriate words on..... :D
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Re: Jentsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby badpenny » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:24 pm

Well done Tom, you know it was the right thing to do.

What worries me is that now you've learnt to negotiate assertively, how I am going to sell you a machine the next time you and Khan visit? :-(

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Re: Jentsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby treefrog » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:01 pm

Ha ah BP, yes I am getting better. This is the longest I have taken to dwell over a purchase. Found another picture from the Costa sale of 2006 of a very similar machine with cigarette vendor. It is interesting these Nic Costa auctions at Christies, so many of the machines like catchers were described as Electric shockers, of course they weren't. Maybe bad advice.

I would love to get catalogues from the two auctions, suspect you guys are hoarding them and wish I was collecting at that time as an awful lot of nice machines were sold then.
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Re: Jentsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby pennymachines » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:49 pm

Well done on your purchase and nice price.
The one above is catalogued as The Bulldog, although the only difference seems to be the fancy upper casting where the ball emerges and the bulldog on the moving shield.
I would imagine it was re-themed after WW1 with the British Bulldog to disguise its German origin.

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Re: Jentsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby arrgee » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:07 pm

I notice that in virtually all these photos, there is a metal lock plate presumably to help prevent forcing the lock. As these plates are the same I am wondering whether this is an indication that these machines are all from the same manufacturer

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Re: Jentsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby pennymachines » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:28 pm

They're all by Jentsch & Meerz of Leipzig, Germany.

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Re: Jentzsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby treefrog » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:04 pm

well another one to add to the thread, this time on Ebay and one hell of a project for someone.....from one of our members I believe, ....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151522160833? ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Re: Jentzsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby arrgee » Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:10 pm

I think the cows have been at it...........and the chickens, and the sheep and the mice :shock:
come on Jimmy, nice little winter project for you.

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Re: Jentzsch & Meerz Simplex catcher

Postby slotalot » Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:26 pm

Only one careful owner from new !!THUMBSX2!!
and 25 others who couldn't give a ******* :oops: but I am sure someone will fall in love with it and give it a new life.. :D


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