Featured: Superlative circa-1904 Quail Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor model slot machine with seven coin slots, estimated between $200,000 and $300,000
— Tom Tolworthy – CEO Morphy Auctions
DENVER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, November 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Once found in saloons, hotel lobbies and seaside promenades across America, antique coin-operated machines are quaint reminders of a time when radio, television and video games were still mysteries of the future. For a simple change of pocket, turn-of-the-century fun-seekers could enjoy an entire afternoon of entertainment. By simply depositing a dime, nickel or quarter in the slot of a coin-operated machine, they could have their fortunes told, watch primitive films, listen to rhapsodic tunes from a mechanical band or try their luck at n’ any number of gaming devices. or games of chance.
Morphy’s in Denver, Pennsylvania has been catering to collectors of antique mechanical music, gambling and vending machines since opening its doors in 1997. Their next big coin-operated specialty sale, which also includes advertising antique, general store, soda fountain and soda pop collectibles, is scheduled for Nov. 3-5 and features more than 1,600 bundles to choose from. Although it only takes pocket money to run the machines, it might take a wallet full of Benjamins to bring home some of the rare beauties featured at auction. Many are fresh on the market.
Projector thief manufactured around 1904, a Quail Bros. 5 cent roulette The floor model slot machine is presented in a rich quarter oak cabinet with nickel plated iron castings and seven coin slots. This marvelous undamaged original example has been in the same collection since it was purchased from the Las Vegas Club in the 1970s.
“Original machines of this caliber aren’t often auctioned off, and this is the best original Quail Roulette we’ve seen. It deserves the description of ‘the best of the best,'” said Morphy’s CEO, Tom Tolworthy, a coin expert who also cataloged the auction from Nov. 3 to 5. The majestic Caille machine is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.
In addition to high-end rarities, desirable slots will be available at more accessible prices, such as a pre-Quail 5-cent “Puck” ground wheel vertical slot. In excellent working order with an attractive wheel face, it plays and pays very well. Estimate: $12,000 to $20,000. A Mills Novelty Co., vertical musical slot machine with an eight-way coin head was produced between 1900 and 1902 and has so many interesting details that it merits further study. Housed in a beautiful dark stained quarter swan oak cabinet, it is finished with carved details and decorative nickel plated cabriole legs and iron castings throughout. Estimate: $12,000 to $24,000
Curious about the future? Perhaps a consultation with Roovers “Madame Zita” would be in order. The 1 Cent Fortune Teller Machine features a highly detailed Madame Zita automaton dressed in vintage Victorian clothing. The figure is one of the few known to be original and in full working order. Zita always takes pleasure in performing her succession of actions: turning her head, grabbing a fortune, pulling a lever and distributing the card in a chute to the customer. All in all, a wonderful example, with keys, Madame Zita predicts an auction day sale price of $25,000 to $50,000.
Although not as “experienced” as Madame Zita, the International Mutoscope circa 1954″Mystical Swami– which is similar to “Zelda” from Mutoscope – is also in the realm of divination. When a coin is inserted, the turbaned and eccentrically dressed Swami comes to life. Her head and eyes droop as her hands move slowly over a crystal ball; then a fortune card is dealt. Swami is housed in a beautiful turquoise cabinet with vivid artwork depicting a mystical man playing the French horn and “charming” an enraptured vertical serpent. Professionally restored and in perfect working order, it is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.
A spectacular timepiece from the early 20th century, Steinle’s automatic marvel Sandusky clock is a visual marvel to behold. Based on the Nuremberg Clock in Germany and built over a 20-year period by German immigrant Frank Steinle, the 12-foot tall automated clock was designed with five themes: the human races, the four periods of life, angels, patriotism and religion. . In need of restoration, as it hasn’t worked since the 1980s, this amazing creation also contains a pipe organ designed to play popular tunes. The bid estimate is $20,000 to $40,000.
Music machines can be seen at every turn of Morphy’s spacious gallery, much to the delight of collectors. An early 1920s Mills Deluxe Violano-Virtuoso with two violins has a beautiful North American oak cabinet with glass panes through which the automatic violin-playing machine can be seen. The Violano-Virtuoso, designed for Mills Novelty Co., by a brilliant young inventor named Henry Sandell, has been hailed as one of the greatest scientific inventions of its time. It’s easy to see why. Both violins play simultaneously and perfectly, producing a thrilling sound. Estimate: $40,000 to $80,000. AMC Co., Station Box with drum, castanets, mandarins playing on bells and dancing dolls, is also vying for attention. Estimate: $7,000 to $15,000
One of the highlights of the antique advertising section is a large 98¼ inch wide reverse painted glass sign for the legendary Rock Island Railroad. Decorated with mother-of-pearl and other “jewel” inlays, the impressive piece of historic artwork is marked for the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Rocky Mountain Limited Railroad and Engine No. 1101. Truly a museum-quality antique that occupies a Pride of place in any railway or antique advertising collection, it has an auction destination of $20,000 to $60,000.
Almost every beverage imaginable from America’s past, be it beers, beers, whiskeys or soft drinks, is represented at the opening session. An authentic multi-tinted glass shade made by Coca-Cola circa 1908 with the soft drink brand name in trademark fluid script brightly illuminates the selection. The oversized shade measuring 21 inches in diameter is similar to an example held in the Atlanta archives of Coca-Cola. Rated 8.5 out of 10, this stunning shade is estimated between $3,000 and $10,000.
The Nov. 3-5, 2022 Morphy Coins and Antique Advertising Auction will be held live at the Society’s Gallery in Denver, PA, beginning all three days at 9 a.m. EDT. All forms of remote bidding will be available, including live over the internet via Morphy Live. Questions: Call 877-968-8880 or email [email protected] Consult the complete catalog online at https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/catalog.aspx?auctionid=565.