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THIS IS NOT THE SAME MACHINE THAT RECENTLY SOLD....ALTHOUGH IT WAS TASTEFULLY RESTOREDBY THE SAME TALENTED GENTLEMAN....
Offered is an original 1935 WATLING Rol-A-Top nickel slot machine with twin jackpots. This design was a "break through" for WATLING, one of the major slot machine manufacturers of the era. With the complicated, but very dependable coin escalator, these machines were an operators favorite then....and a collectors favorite today. This example features the more popular, "AMERICAN COIN FRONT" castings. Not long after these were introduced, there was controversy over U.S. coins being used without proper consent, and Watling was forced to change the castings to a more "generic" European looking coin front.
Thisclassic Art Deco case has become one of the most iconic slot machine images known. Much like the Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox, the elements used in the design are so prolific that no other has become its equal. The combination of the rich, two-tone wood, the vibrant yellow and red paint scheme, the polished aluminum "horn of plenty", the three dimensional gold coins , a patroticAmerican Eagle, and the twin jackpots offered the patron a delightful experience. A nickel inserted, travels into the rotating, circular coin escalator, and remains on display until falling into the inner workings of the machine. A pull of the sleek, chrome handle brings on a rush of anticipation as the reels spin and the outcome is awaited. The jackpots are alternating....so if one is emptied, the other is available for the next play. Coins will fall into the jackpot when emptied, and then overflow into the money box. The machine is fully functional and plays and pays as it should.
This example has been expertly restored to its original splendor. The paint color combinations and wood finishes are correct to their original schemes. The castings have been highly polished and the gold paint on the coins is period correct. The mechanism has been completely disassembled, bead blasted, oiled and reassembled. It plays smoothly without incident. The"dagger" handle was re-nickeled and looks terrific. The reel strips and award card are replacements. The back door isoriginal and painted with the proper textured black paint. The lock is a replacement. The cash box is a faithful copy and is stamped Watling Mfg.Co.and includes a lock with keys. The exacting detail of the fit and finish will impress the most discriminating critic.
If you only want to own one slot machine, I would invite you to consider this example. The classic design, with allof its artistic appeal and mechanical workmanship, are the right combinations for a timeless investment. Buyer to pay $150 for proper packing and insured shipping inside the U.S. No internatinal shipping. Please email with questions or for additional photos, and see my other sales for some more great original items. Thanks and Happy Holidays.
The reserve is a respectable figure, given the collectability of this model and the superior condition of the restoration.
Due to the laws regulating the sale of antique slot machines, I, as the seller, will not accept offers from members in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee. offers from members in any of these states will be cancelled. Buy it Now transactions with buyers residing in these states will be considered void.