Discuss our on-site auctions and other slot machine auctions.
Yes Tom, it certainly is.......although I'm not sure 'boring' is the terminology I'd use.Getting boring isn’t it?
As in past years, our date was announced shortly after the November auction, i.e. last December. It's marked as provisional, being mindful of the shenanigans that we've witnessed in recent years. As everyone should know by now (including that bloke down the road), our auctions are held on the last Sunday in November, and have been since 2007.
P.S. I am aware that the vintage amusements site needs tidying-up a bit and that the results of our March auction are still not available to view - will hopefully get around to it shortly.
A few nice machines at tomorrow's auction but I thought over all disappointing. Less than 25% of the lots are complete machines. It's going to be a long day if you're waiting for one of the lots sprinkled in twos and singles among the "silk Turkish flags" and "DJ's flight cases". OK if you're after a bandit, they all seem to be in the same batch.
I noticed the "Rare 'Top Hat' Catcher Machine" didn't sell either. I was there and it looked interesting and in pretty good nick too but I couldn't work out how to get into it to check workings so had to give it a miss. Anyone seen one of these before that knows how it opens?? (just in case it comes up again)
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I'm guessing Mr Merrivale, as he knows the reserve?
We discussed it here: Bagatelle, anyone got a name
The same example, but now it has a pediment and a different cashbox door. Inside the cabinet there was what appeared to be the detached token payout mechanism. There's a knob on the left side to release the token, but nowhere for the token to be dispensed. There's no evidence of any alterations to the sides of the case, so the mystery is - where did it originally payout? The card reads:
What can be returned? The ball/s, the half penny?HALF PENNIES ONLY Insert coin in slot at Right-side. Release Balls by pushing slide in & press trigger to catch Balls in Hat, turn Knob in Front. Can be returned by pulling knob on left side.
Thanks for the info PM - would be tempting to give it a go if it comes up again. I had originally wanted the Charlie Chaplin "catcher" which looked good and seemed to work OK but the mech was jamming against the cabinet so would probably need door re-hanging , which would be quite doable, but when it topped £1000 I sort of lost interest!
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