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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby treefrog » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:13 pm

It's a shame they never made the cabinets in a nice oak, but nice machine, would definitely grab one if they ever turned up, in the UK that is.

I notice the use of the crown symbol is used by a number of manufacturers. I think there was a machine called the Crown and also seeing Stuart's article in the MMM mag about the Rex Rotor - very interesting machine, again with the Crown emblem. I am surprised the use of wheel spoke reels was never copied. Must be a lot stronger than the cheap tin types. I guess the word "cheap" is the reason why.

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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby gameswat » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:10 pm

Treefrog, this Coronet Design might be of interest. Uncovered it along with a handful of other poker machine designs 20 years ago trolling through old books and then microfiche at the Perth Patent Office. Went in looking for one specific vending machine I'd purchased and came out 6 hours later with a treasure trove of information. Got the machine I was after plus a bunch of unknown info on many others, many surviving but also some as yet undiscovered machines.
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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby treefrog » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:52 pm

Thank you for posting that. I wonder if this was the machine used for the patent, I notice the lack of paint striping or scallop shape also no award badges.

I think the serial number on mine is on the award and is MW1823..

Paint colour is growing on me with the flat Matt black and deep red. Almost has a Gotham city batman look to it, maybe that was the intention given the shape. Has original cash tray just missing a lock which secured into the side. Also unusual "iron cross" style logo embossed into the handle. !!THUMBSX2!!
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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby gameswat » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:01 pm

Andy has said he was told only two were ever made, but I find that hard to believe since they went to the expense of Registering this design to protect themselves in the tiny market of Aust. And the production quality is quite high for a supposed prototype. Andy's Coronet mech is handmade but that doesn't necessarily make it a prototype. As thinking about it all the local built mechs I've seen 1930s into the mid 1950s have been handmade, as you can plainly see things like vice teeth marks where steel plates has been bent.

Pretty sure the printed MW 1823 was the phone or telex number, a unique serial would have been stamped separately to the rest of the printing but this matches perfectly. The Patent machine shown has no "Bonus 20 Coins" cast lettering next to the reel windows like yours, or marbled Laminex, unless that was a later addition to what were all originally wooden cases? The Bonus 20 Coins castings could be a later addition too of course. The Ladwig book machine doesn't have Laminex but maybe that one was stripped off by a later restorer?

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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby treefrog » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:54 am

Yes, you're right about the MW number - it is a local code in Sydney from the 1950s...
I will await Andy's feedback on the serial number location unless I find something before then.

One other small note, comparing this machine to the Ludwig and Andy's machine is that the top award, instead of being the usual Ace, used the Coronet crown logo with the words 'Coronet' through the middle on the strips and award.

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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:59 pm

OK - I finally got around to putting my little collection of Australian poker machine pictures in the Arena. I also took the opportunity to collect just about everything I've seen on the history of these games plus what we've gleaned from Forum members (Bob, Andydotp, Gameswat, TreeFrog and others). I also thought Bob's Wineasy pics deserved their own page:
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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby treefrog » Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:06 pm

!!THUMBSX2!! **xXx** !!YIPPEE!!

Thanks PM,

Need to now hunt down a Clubman !!UHOH!!

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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:25 pm

Apart from the Aristocrat trade image, that picture of a Clubman in the gallery is the only one I've seen. Rarer than a Coronet apparently and, in my view, more attractive than a Clubmaster.

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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby gameswat » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:11 pm

One of the 1960's Coronets is currently for sale over here. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Cor ... ines&rt=nc
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Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Postby treefrog » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:44 pm

Mmmmmm, yum yum....if it were half the money I would consider is, but at £850 plus the same again for shipping, a bit much for a machine needing work :#:


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