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Re: The Empire Cup & Busy Bee

Postby pennymachines » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:24 pm

Clearly they were made over some time, judging by the design variation in the examples above. This latest one appears to have two ball triggers.

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The interior view again suggests British-made.
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Re: The Empire Cup & Busy Bee

Postby cait001 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:52 pm

I still hope to find one of those. :)

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Re: The Empire Cup & Busy Bee

Postby pennymachines » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:57 pm

Another Busy Bee turned up at Sworders auctioneers on 3rd March.
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Re: Empire Cup, Aerial Cup & Busy Bee

Postby treefrog » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:13 pm

Yes saw that, in fact I stood in the auction room as there was another bagatelle machine there... Never bid as sold for a fair bit as it was in poor condition. Funny, while I was there I bumped into the guy who runs the House on the Hill Museum in Stansted Mountfitchet... I've forgotten his name, but chewed the breeze on the world of slots.

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Re: Empire Cup, Aerial Cup & Busy Bee

Postby pennymachines » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:48 pm

That would be rock-concert promoter Alan Goldsmith (brother of Harvey Goldsmith), who used to organise annual slot machine auctions at Saffron Walden.

Here's the Uneda bagatelle table from that sale.
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Re: Empire Cup, Aerial Cup & Busy Bee

Postby treefrog » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:46 pm

That’s him, he’s involved in an antiques shop and regular auction as well now, though not specialising in amusements....

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Re: Empire Cup, Aerial Cup & Busy Bee

Postby cait001 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:47 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:48 pm
Here's the Uneda bagatelle table from that sale.
Brilliant bit of woodwork on that playfield.


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