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Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby doofus » Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:16 pm

I wonder if any of you gents can shed light on a friend's recent find, the Magic Hand Magic marked "A. H. Soffle, Antwerp".
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Re: Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby treefrog » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:42 pm

I am guessing this is the recent lot from the Morphy Auction last week, which although there were few English machines are not in the recent auction results published by Mr PM. This was listed as an English Arcade game, so is it on English coinage.

Sold for £9500

I know nothing about or the company and certainly a little different. Below is auction play description and picture of play field
This is an exceptionally rare Magic Hand, marked "A. H. Soffle, Antwerp". It is in original condition with all original castings and parts to the machine and some newer wiring. The early hand-painted Hand would spin and stop on a numbered cup. If the number matched with the number the customer picked with the dial, the customer would win the contents of the cup. A great early example of an ultra rare arcade game ready for restoration
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Re: Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby gameswat » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:59 am

Very closely resembles the Ahrens Pile Driver, though that has 12 prizes and this has 14. Looks like one was based on the other.
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Re: Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby pennymachines » Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:46 pm

I saved a picture of this machine on my hard drive years ago - pretty sure it's the same one. It's also the one pictured at ArcadeHistory.com.
Pull Magic Hand © 1935 A.H. Soffle.
So a rare survivor. Is the "A. H. Soffle, Antwerp" a separate badge or on one of the castings? If separate, presumably it's just a Belgian distributor's label.

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Re: Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby pennymachines » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:50 pm

treefrog wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:42 pm
...few English machines are not in the recent auction results published by Mr PM.
Now added.

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Re: Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby gameswat » Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:01 pm

The Antwerp address is cast into the lower prize door PM.

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Re: Magic Hand by A H Soffle

Postby pennymachines » Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:10 pm

Ah yes, so it is... Surely that indicates that, despite the English, it was made in Belgium. !PUZZLED!


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