I collected the Treff this weekend. As it was just inland from "Wells next to by the alongside Sea
" in Norfolk, we made a day of it.
Ned, the vendor was a super young man, very personable, polite and good looking he reminded me of myself up until recently. He was very interested in all the lies and exaggerations I spun him. He'd already found the forum and had been following this thread, I invited him to become a member (after first convincing myself there were no more slots stashed away). It also helped to distract him enough to stop him noticing all the notes were spanking new and sported the same number ....
It seems he grew up with this one and had only recently managed to prise it from his father's hands as headed towards a skip with it.
You know how items often look better on ebay than in the flesh? Well for the first time it was the other way round.
The case is really good and solid. Interestingly it has a number stencilled on the inside and on the back.
The front casting is quite intricate and will benefit from stripping, polishing and a repaint. Sadly that will lose what's left of the original award cards which aren't cards but transfers.
As Mr Pennymachines pointed out the original coin entry is blanked off and a new one created for 1d. I expected that to be a bit of butchery however it looks quite professional from the inside........
I'm puzzled that the first coin chute is blanked off immediately after the hole, why would that be? And why is there a second chute and overflow which was originally connected to the top casting (broken off bit) for the slides? And what big chunky slides!
I've had an element of success repairing broken pot metal, there is lots of advice on the web. So I expect to be able to remanufacture the missing bit from the slide casting.
But now I need to perfect the art of strengthening parts that are starting to crumble but not yet gone........
The nob on the front is Bakelite (I think) and twists. On the inside it's an Archimedes screw thingy which moves a linkage inwards. This in turn is attached to the last reel I haven't decided yet if it frees it to move on or whether it brakes it early or is it a "Hold" ?
The reels spin but that's it so far. I suspect the clock regulator is seized and if it's shot I'm hoping a Gunther Wulff will replace it as I have a few knocking around somewhere. If they don't I'll need to attempt some micro engineering with a blow lamp and a lump hammer.
The final picture was from Wells and competes with The Lincoln one I posted Thursday about "Directions"
I've never known Easter fall that late in the year!