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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby treefrog » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:26 pm

Well they are still fetching good money, Chiswick auctions today, Rolling Road similar to one earlier in the thread finished at £918......
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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby 13rebel » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:49 pm

I braved the London traffic to go and view the Bollands machine on Sunday. I had not been before so got the registration procedure completed on arrival. On the counter there was a catalogue and lo and behold on the front cover was a lone photo-the Bollands machine! (As a potential bidder this was not what I wanted to see). There were designer clothes and handbags, art etc. in the auction. The machine was in very good cosmetic condition, albeit with a cheap lock. Nothing much to go wrong with it you would think but in play the coin refused to go into the first 'lost' position. Even with the platform retreated when you put a coin in it either went into win, the second lost or overshot all positions. I must have tried 20 times and had the same result irrespective of when the button was pressed so rapidly lost interest in the game play. I expect the desired game play could be achieved by some repositioning of the final track and/or the lost/win positions. I booked a phone line,was told they would phone 5 lots beforehand but they didn't phone until it stood at £620 - not impressed with that service. The £918 was including commission of just shy of £200 - I didn't get it, it went in the room, probably to someone with a £3m warehouse apartment for decoration.

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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby aristomatic » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:21 am

I don't remember this thread but I'm not surprised at the price realised.
It has a look that either a machine collector or, as rebel says, a statement item for a home or retail environment as a decorator piece, regardless of its actual working condition.

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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby coppinpr » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:18 pm

The big problem with machines going to high end apartments is it's usually the end of the road for them. I have a couple of friends working exclusively on re furbing £2 mill plus places in central London for Russians and Chinese buyers and it's scary the way they are told to work. The new owner doesn't go to look at the place, in fact they don't see the apartment till it's re built and orders everything to be scrapped. It all goes in a skip, unused 72" TV's, unused furniture, designer kitchens - they keep not a single thing even if brand new. The guys are told take what you want within a day of it goes to the dump. A month ago one pulled a £3,000 dining room table still with the leg protectors on from delivery. I've asked them to watch for machines. They have seen coin op pool tables go but not slots...as yet !OMFG!

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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby sweetmeats » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:52 pm

The machine sold at Chiswick auction rooms was I think not at all expensive. One last year sold privately for over £1600. I have spoken to two people who were unaware of the auction but both of them would have paid a lot more given the chance (one has been looking for one for many years). I expect the purchaser was a collector. I am putting a couple of photos from original photos brought from the Bolland's family (as were those earlier put up by penny machines). These were taken at Chesington zoo late 1950s or early 1960s when Bolland operated many machines on the site including up to a dozen working models and also I believe some cast iron. The four machines are in fact outside the gent's toilet ! So best not to spend your last penny to find your fortune! The scales are next to an animal cage next to the last of a row of 5 or six models.
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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby coppinpr » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:35 pm

They should have put them outside the ladies' toilet....there is always a Q there :lol:

I remember Chesington Zoo in those days, it was dying a slow death, buildings in slow collapse, animals in poor conditions, unused cages everywhere, then the proposed M25 changes everything, the site becomes a sought after property with the right planning permission to start a theme park and it's bye bye animals (which was perhaps the best thing to come out of it).

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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby jimmycowman » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:07 pm

The latest bollards machine looks interesting. But how does it work? You put your penny in the slot and hope for the best?? Carnt see any handles !PUZZLED! !PUZZLED!

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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby treefrog » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:19 pm

Although I have never seen one in flesh, if you look on left the knob control for the release bar at the bottom, so you retract at the right moment above the coin return.....as you say there seems no other skills control like coin speed and coin entry is on front, or at least minimal control....

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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby treefrog » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:43 am

Last time I saw one of these for sale was 3 years ago at the Elephant House for under a grand. So I was wondering if anyone knows whether they made a limited number of “gold clad” versions which this maybe on eBay at the moment at £3500 all for a simple fortune teller !PUZZLED!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-oracal-m ... Swnr9bVkfC

Do people just not want to sell items :HaHa:
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Re: Bollands Iron Clad wall machines

Postby john t peterson » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:29 pm

Same seller has a Bryans Magic Spirals for 1,000 pounds less than the ironclad fortune teller. !PUZZLED!

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