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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby slotalot » Sat May 31, 2014 5:51 pm

Three STARS for that!! !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby jonesthegarage » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:00 pm

Not sure it's Bell Fruit but there's a definite theme going on here with this offering on Ebay. It is brewery related, in this case Ansell and it offers the top prize of a 5/- token. Can't make out any of the other words but I have messaged the seller for more info.

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

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History of Bell Fruit Co.

Postby clubconsoles » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:52 pm

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Interesting article charting history of Bell Fruit from its Watling days: ... rticle.pdf

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Re: Interesting article

Postby badpenny » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:43 am

Excellent, thanks for posting.


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Re: Interesting article

Postby coppinpr » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:26 am

Great article. Very interesting to read about dealing direct with the breweries and installing custom strips for each brewery. I have a "Three In A Line" with Flowers brewery strips which I didn't know much about till now, thanks. !THUMBS!
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Re: History of Bell Fruit Co.

Postby chris rideout » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:12 pm

That picture you have shown reminds me of a similar chrome plated Bell Fruit machine from the mid 1960s. It was advertised as having "the world's largest auto-drop jackpot" and that was no understatement. The jackpot window was nearly as wide as the front panel and probably took several days to fill up. I think 3 bars was the only jackpot on the machine so the odds were 7999 to 1 assuming it had a 20 stop mechanism. With 6d play, I would imagine at least 300 coins (£7 10 shillings) could be waiting for a lucky punter but that's a wild guess. Who knows the capacity of the JP window?

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Vintage Bell Fruit Machine - Anything worthwhile ?

Postby bradsguns » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:20 am

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Picked this up at a sale, as I thought it would be a good fixer upper. Thought I would check if it had any great value before I tore into it as my first restore project. Seems to be generally working anyway, as the reel spins when you trip the coin mech and pull the handle. Haven't been able to find one with the same glass pattern, though close. Any value range would be appreciated, as this is my first slot purchase.

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Re: Vintage Bell Fruit Machine - Anything worthwhile ?

Postby aristomatic » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:30 am

See Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits. (Merged above - Site Admin,)

Bell Fruit "Flowers Brewery" slot machine

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Re: Vintage Bell Fruit Machine - Anything worthwhile ?

Postby treefrog » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:31 am

Welcome to the forum. A cute little Bell Fruit Machine there, one of the earlier ones, as it looks like it is mechanical so has payout slides rather than a solenoid to payout. Also has token vendor and a visible rotary escalator. This really shows off the machine's earlier heritage of the Pace Manufacturing company.

Your biggest challenges will be the chrome plate and graphics, as it's difficult and expensive to put right. One of the links Aristocrat shared, shows one that has been powder coated which may be cheaper than chrome plating. Anyway good luck. Price is always subjective and you can look at the Elephant House auction website can help with price guide as a few have passed through there.

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