Offered in time for Christmas is this original antique 1933 Mills penny Castle Front Special Gold Award slot machine in nice unmolested, unrestored condition. All the castings are perfect, no cracks, chips, bends or repairs. The wooden cabinet is sound, very nice, relatively nick and mar free with decent original finish. The original paint, bright work and glass are too nice to re-do. Note the original fortune reel strips: They're too nice to replace!
Play this machine and have your fortune told at the same time! Actually, fortune-telling reel strips were a long-ago way around gambling laws. Theoretically, you weren't gambling but having your fortune told.
The original award card shows its age but excellent reproductions are available. I think I have some originals if I can find them. Note the original inside-the-back-door operating instructions showing a manufacture date of 1935.
My opinion is that this machine is older than 1935 via the interior inspection sticker which indicates a build date of 1933. Since the back door is painted black and, originally, the correct-colored back door to this machine would have been a gloss brown enamel, my guess is that this back door originally came with a different machine. It makes little difference since all Mills back doors from this era are of the same dimension and style. How often do you find vintage slots in this condition?This machine is one hundred percent complete and offered exactly as it was manufactured. It plays and pays well but will benefit with a thorough cleaning and lubrication. It just came out of long time storage.
I've oiled the clock; every thing else works well. Note the original no-cheat devices: the clock stop, the jack-pot over-flow equipment, the brake wires, the vendor trip and the inside-the-case vendor actuator lever. Usually these are long gone.
As you can see, this machine originally came equipped with a side vendor, probably a stick-gum vendor. I have one of them, a Sword type vendor that's for use with stick gum but don't know if I'm ready to get rid of it yet or if I'll use it on one of my other machines.The FOK logo is still on the handle side of this machine. One original Mills back door lock key is included it fits this machine's original Mills back door lock which I've included and fastened into place since the original lock and key were missing when I found this machine.
This machine has no rust, corrosion, old repairs or damage ever but needs cleaning and lubrication. The Special Gold Award mechanism is complete and functions perfectly but has no award tokens. The cash box is old but has an open top and a handle similar to the handles that were on hi-top cash boxes but different than this one. Obviously, it's different than what this machine came with originally but works perfectly anyway.
It's become popular to tell buyers they're getting a rust-free Montana barn find. That's what this machine is and there are 27 more machines left in the barn. I know the vintage slot market is currently weak so I'm testing the water to see whether or not these machines still sell. I will carefully crate this machine in a specially built wooden crate, properly cushioned with sheet Styrofoam and bubble wrap. I've never had a machine damaged this way.
Thanks for looking, Merry Christmas, and God Bless! The item "ORIGINAL ANTIQUE 1933 MILLS ONE CENT SPECIAL GOLD AWARD BLUE FRONT SLOT MACHINE" is in sale since Saturday, December 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Casino\Slots\Machines\Antique Coin Slot Machines". The seller is "gsnickol1999" and is located in Great Falls, Montana. This item can be shipped to United States.