Arcade Machine -Electric Energizer

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jan 31, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
I am relisting this item due to an unfortunate event in which my user name and ID was pirated in an attempt to answer what I thought was a legitimate question that did appear in my ebay messages. The perpetrator took control and ended the auction early and sent out bogus 2nd offers along with bogus contact information and item numbers. This was reported to e-bay along with documentation. My apologies to all who bid on the item. In fairness, the only way I know how to restore an even playing field is this re-listing. Thanks in advance for your understanding. I have also lowered the reserve a bit.

The Exhibit Supply "Spear the Dragon" Electric Energizer was an ornate upright arcade game from the 1925-1927 era that played for one penny. It a had beautiful background in which endurance to shock was tested by holding on to the two metal knobs while watching a warrior slowly cross a bridge with spear in hand to slay the mighty dragon at the other end. Voltage is increased as the warrior's movement across the bridge advances. Fantasy adds to the successful player who hangs on until the red light illuminates, a loud bell rings, and the dragon is speared. The hardy player is not only the winner but the dragon slayer. Twin sentrys stand at attention in the playfield which reads" Spear the Dragon - Test Your Nerve - Can You Hold the Handles Until the Bell Rings?" Only a very few originals are known to exist.

This "Spear the Dragon" was a very limited reproduction produced in Chicago in 1980 by a famous collector Steve Gronowski and emulates the original in every respect. The mechanism used all new components (motor, cam, and linkages) and functions just as the original mechanism. A solid state pc board controls the variable voltage and has a three position toggle switch allows adjustment from mild to medium to strong along with a variable rheostat to further vary each switch selection level. We have had parties in which people have hung on even on the strong setting. (But it is very tough) T is a cash box in the lower cabinet area. The top and lower rear access doors have cam locks with keys. The entire machine case is beautifully crafted using solid oak. Even the decorative wood scroll is drapped across the cabinet front. Castings are molded from originals and are nickel plated. Portions of the knobs or handles have some plating that has worn off. Dragons adorn the marquee which is resin cast from the original using wood backing with a painted (resin) insert. I am the original owner and the machine is in immaculate condition. It has always been stored in my game room since delivery in December, 1981. This is a beautiful, fully functional machine; please take a look at the pictures. I feel a very fair reserve price has been placed on this machine given its rarity and quality level.

An original Spear the Dragon sold at the Smith/Sotheby auction in 1994 for $ 12,650.00 + buyers premium . Dimensions are 85" high (with marquee), 22" wide at bottom feet, 19" wide along main body, and 16.5" deep. Weight is approx 130 lbs. (less crate) I will be willing to build a shipping crate for extra $75.00. Shipping must be arranged by buyer. Local Pick would also be fine. References: Sotheby/Smith auction book 1994, Drop Coin - K Rubin 1979, Exhibit Supply Catalog (Established 1901) reprint