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Re: Vintage Bell Fruit Machine - Anything worthwhile ?

Postby daveslot » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:20 am

You're been lead astray by the rotary escalator - the heritage of these is Watling.

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Re: Vintage Bell Fruit Machine - Anything worthwhile ?

Postby glittering-prize67 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:59 pm

Anything is worth what someone will pay. The bell fruit machine in question as it is about 150 to 200. You can make it worth more but will cost you the extra and more to restore.

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Re: Vintage Bell Fruit Machine - Anything worthwhile ?

Postby coppinpr » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:00 am

The Flowers Brewery machine I had that is mentioned above I sold at the annual forum backed auction a year or so ago for I think £150. When you take into consideration that the chrome was near perfect and the theme unusual it goes to show the value of these is never going to be high.

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Bell Fruit Giant Jackpot

Postby aristomatic » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:37 pm

Topic merged - Site Admin.

Probably one of those exceptionally rare examples but unlikely to warrant an exceptionally rare value kinda machine.
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Re: bell fruit giant jackpot

Postby badpenny » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:03 pm

I've had two, although only one had the jackpot.
One cost me £50 and the other was given free as a sweetner on a bigger deal.

I swapped the first one for a brass lamp and gave the other away.

I don't remember which one had the jackpot.

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby glittering-prize67 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:10 pm

Worth what you can get really. At a guess about 40 quid. If it needs work even less. And that is if you can advertise without it being taken off. You need a licence now.

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:28 pm

A couple more: Krazy Koins (from a recent German auction) and another Line 'Em Up (which was paired with a more distressed example at the Elephant House).
Of those seen so far, I'm not sure any two are alike.
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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby pennymachines » Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:50 pm

Time for a little survey of Bell-Fruit chrome-fronted counter top bandits.

Although there's much variation in graphics, there are two basic versions: the 'topless-type' which operate on the old penny or sixpence; and the 'light-up top box type' which are usually on sixpence (sometimes converted to new penny). The top box was presumably a later 'improvement'. The first two here, with the substantial Bell-Fruit casting on the front, appear to be the earliest. For some reason they're almost invariably cursed with crumbling chrome and flaking graphics, whether through poor storage or substandard materials I don't know.

Three Alike (Line 'Em Up) seems to be the most common model (see flyer).
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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby pennymachines » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:27 pm

And some of their less-than elegant Formica-clad console bandits.
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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby brigham » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:14 am

So 'SOCCER' is a genuine BFM offering, then? I thought it was home-made.
My console model was originally 'Soccer', but came with a spare, sawn-off top half with glasses for 'Double Diamond', so I naturally swapped them over.
The designer of the counter-top version was clearly no Raymond Loewy! The last pic on the right in the console selection clearly shows the evolution of the famous (and sadly decimal) Action Line. By that time the excellent E/M Penny Target was in full swing, so I think Action Line might well have been a means of using-up a stock of Watling-type mechs., Henry Ford-style.
My 'Double Diamond' works wonderfully!


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