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Re: Bonzini & Sopransi corner claw

Postby gameswat » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:30 am

Hehe, I just made up the name Gaston as an example of what it could have been. I have had the rotary model and the simpler model B&S machines and the simpler model has basically a copy of the Merchantman mech. I think Bob Klepner told me he thought they did this under licence?

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Re: Bonzini & Sopransi corner claw

Postby blikspeelgoed » Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:07 pm

The corner crane is possibly not made by Bonzini et Sopransi. The letters on the front are B&G, castings and mechanics are also different from the B&S cranes.

There are at the moment, 2 corner cranes know by me, the one in the USA (which I bought in Belgium, but when I went to collect it, it was gone and sold to another person, who sold it to the USA) but I could buy two other cranes, which are on the picture with 2 Bryans cranes (I took that picture), one is marked with RG and the other with LAF.

A year later, I received a mail, again from Belgium, where I was offered the second corner crane (which I picked up that same day!!)

The second corner crane is still in my collection. Stamped in the wood is a Roman number 16. I guess that they made at least 16 of these??

It's near impossible to find documentation of the makers of the French cranes. If anyone has, please share it with me.

Regards from the Netherlands.

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Re: French corner claw

Postby grabber » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:00 pm

Hi everyone,
I have been friends with Jim Roller of Brownwood, Texas for a few years now. We both like arcade cranes very much. We contact each other by email or telephone. About five years ago Jim asked me to go to Belgium and buy these French crane machines from an arcade. As I remember, the corner crane was specially made for the arcade - a one off if you like. At the time I was very busy and had a lot of cranes anyway, so I passed on that deal. Pity, but you can't get them all. I think Timo Muller now owns them. I will try and contact Jim and ask him if he remembers these machines.
The grabber.

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French Curved Crane in US

Postby clubconsoles » Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:03 am

Topic merged - Site Admin.

Looks nice enough and still running on 220 volt euro current (note the step up transformer)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-Mahogany- ... SS:GB:3160

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Re: French Curved Crane in US

Postby blikspeelgoed » Tue May 14, 2019 8:45 am

A time ago I found the maker for the curved Crane, it's G. Boudot

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Re: French Curved Crane in US

Postby treefrog » Tue May 14, 2019 10:15 am

The lower machine is just stunning.....cannot believe any wife would reject that beauty in their living room...... !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: French Curved Crane in US

Postby pennymachines » Tue May 14, 2019 1:29 pm

Thank you so much for posting those - great to see.
So G Boudot were also distributors of other French, German and American-made machines.
I wonder if the corner crane was their sole product.

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