|By Karin Milliman
VALPARAISO, Ind. — Coin-operated machines were one of the standouts of the eight-day Kraft anniversary auction.
Even though it wasn’t working, a coin-operated Nickelodeon player piano was still very popular with bidders. The machine was decked out with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Rodeo and the Barker Brothers Circus motif. The circus players were mounted on top of the unit and you could see inside the piano where all the workings were. Visible were the circus performers going through their antics. This piano was in good cosmetic condition with a bit of wear from use and age. It did have an older restoration but needed more work. It would power on, but had a damaged belt. It measured approximately 62 by 68 by 28 inches. It sold for $10,000.
The Mills Dewey five-cent upright cabinet slot machine offered was professionally restored. It was in nice working condition. The oak cabinet was heavily carved with ornate designs, had nickel-plated metal accents and claw feet. There was a very vivid red, white and blue shield on the front plate. The piece even included its keys and sold for $18,000.
Also selling for $18,000 was a Mills Novelty Co. electric shock treatment machine. It was in very nice working condition and had some ornate designs on it so it displayed well. This one had a photograph of a beautiful lady in the center with the words, “Take a shock and look pleasant.” It had two ladies draped on each side of the machine. It brought a high bid of $6,500. Another shock machine was a vintage Mills Firefly one-cent machine this one brought a high bid of $2900 and was in good shape.
Selling for $6,500 was a 1928 Hoot-Mon golf game made by Popular Games Inc. Enclosed under a glass top was a scene of a golf course with a couple of players visible. The country clubhouse was done in vivid colors to mimic those found on a golf course. This machine was in nice working condition with some cosmetic wear from use and age. It had a light inside which made it display very well.
An Orchestral Regina coin-operated music box was a beautiful piece. The oak display case measured 75 by 32 by 15 inches and was in great condition. There was a piece of glass on the front which allowed someone to watch as the music discs were played. There were some music discs included and some of these were reproductions. The key was still with it and the final bid price was $4,500 for a useful piece to put on display in a living area.
A nice example of a Callie Brothers one-cent coin-operated Cail-O-Scope stereoscope card drop viewer did well with a bid of $1,900. This one had been nicely restored. The stand was made of oak and had a light that worked along with a motor that flipped the cards. It was missing the crank but would display well with the ornate cast metal features. It measured a full 71 inches tall and was in great condition. Another drop card viewer was made by Bishop & Kline. This five-cent automatic panorama viewer was nicely restored. It came with a mounted oil lamp and a key wind crank. It worked well. The consigner on this one said that this is the only one of these machines still in existence. It brought a final bid price of $2,700.
The horse races weren’t forgotten as there was a gambling floor model machine for this. A very nice professionally restored Paces Races five-cent machine which was manufactured by Pace Mfg. Co., from 1934 to 1937 was put up for sale. This one was in great cosmetic condition with just a bit of light wear from use and age. It was contained in a two-toned wooden cabinet with aluminum accents. There were seven hand-painted horses with their jockeys. It worked well which added to the charm. This piece from the past raced to a high bid of $ 12,000. If the horse races aren’t your thing, maybe you are more of a bicycle person. The slot machines had you covered there as well. A very nice early Sun MFG five-cent bicycle chance wheel trade stimulator was put up for sale. It was in very nice condition. The oak case with glass sides was in great shape. It worked well so when activated, both bicycle wheels would spin. With the white-wall tires and the low-riding handlebars, this piece rode off with a bid of $6,500.
A very nicely restored Pace manufactured five-cent The Kitty slot machine purred right up among the top of the highest bids. This machine was in very nice cosmetic condition and worked well. It stood about 24 by 16 inches. It took a big of $7,000 to take this one home. Selling for the same $7,000 bid was a Bally five-cent Reliance dice slot machine. This one was nicely restored and worked well.
A Mills 25-cent double horseshoe high top machine was outstanding. This one was in very nice restored working condition. The operator had to deposit a quarter in two machines standing side by side to make it work. When the arm was pulled, both machine reels spin. This gorgeous piece came with a custom Mills owl oak table base. It only had one arm to pull, on the right side. So, you got twice the chance for one spin. It sold for a bid of $4,250. A restored bowling game was also sold. This one was a very nice professionally restored Rock-Ola Ten Pins five-cent floor model. It was manufactured in the 1940s and was in nice cosmetic condition showing light wear from use and age. The game board was well lighted and had hand-painted features. It worked well and sold for $8,000.
A very nice Mills 25-cent Golden Nugget slot machine was in very nice cosmetic condition with its golden color. It had light wear from use and display but worked well. This fine piece came from the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas and brought a final selling price of $3,750. Selling for $3,500 was a Mills Novelty QT Dial Bell four-reel five-cent slot machine with side mint vendor. This one worked very well and was a nice display piece with the airplane.
A different type of fun was offered in the toy portion of the auction. The cast-iron pieces were all in a showcase and these were some of the most in-demand toys. A Hubley Indian delivery van cycle was from the early 1930s. It was in nice condition and was marked on the cart, “Say it with Flowers.” The driver had a moveable head, and the delivery cart was painted blue on the outside. The words were lettered in gold and still plainly readable. And it still sported the original pull cord. It was in nice condition overall and measured about 9 inches long. It brought a roaring high bid of $4,000. Driving up right behind the Hubley motorcycle was another Hubley piece. This cast-iron beauty was from 1929. It was a Packard Straight Eight. in good condition with opening hood and doors. It still sported all four-disc whitewall tires with red centers. It was a lime green color with black trim and had a nickeled driver. It also came with the original pull cord and measured about 12 inches long. This nice piece from the past brought a respectable bid of $3,250. A windup toy was still in working condition. This one was a George Carratte large limo with the driver. Jonathan Kraft and Del Harper are already planning trips to check out items for the 44th-anniversary sale which will take place in January of 2021.
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