There is also a model called "Raid on an Opium Den". These machines re-enact scenes relating to a shameful episode in British history: namely the Opium Wars of 1839-42 and 1856-60. The machine is certainly a bit later than this (circa 1910 has been suggested), so I guess it wasn't depicting current affairs so much as recent history. My history's not much good and I don't know how long raids on opium dens continued.
Like many of the coin-operated games, the automata inevitably pick up on current fads, fashions and social preoccupations. A fascination with spiritualism, for example, which started with the Victorians, inspires themes like "The SÃ©ance" and "Mother Shipton".
The French made wonderful automata in the 19th century of course, but, despite their taste for Grand Guignol, did not go in for this particular genre of coin-operated tableaux. There are certainly American working models, but again I don't think they focus so much on the macabre. "The American Execution" is a British machine.
The "Novelty Merchantman" was a fairly compact crane or digger with attractive deco styling made by the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago. They were also very numerous, and it was probably best to stick with one type of crane for ease of manufacture. The original coin mechanism, motor and cams were all retained. Bollands made a small range of models. The pre-war makers such as Dennison and Lee, who designed and built their own cabinets, rarely made the same model twice.