ORIGINAL 1930 MILLS POINSETTIA PENNY SLOT MACHINE RARE!
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Sold Date: 08/25/2008
Channel: Online Auction
1930 Mills Poinsettia 1c Slot Machine!Up for auction with NO reserve is a very interesting and hard to find penny slot machine. Called the Jackpot Bell by Mills and more commonly known as the Poinsettia by collectors, this model is one of the very first three reel slots machines to use a jackpot!
The standard Poinsettia machines advertised by Mills were 5c, 10c and 25c. In very limited numbers during the height of the depression, 1c machines were made. This example is one of the few surviving machines - in untouched original condition!
Just recently purchased from the original operators family, this machine still works good and has a vintage look that can not be reproduced.
Another very interesting detail about this machine is that originally it had a side vender! As you look over the photos below you will see w it was mounted on the right side. Unlike 5c machines that vended rolls of mints or gum, this machine would probably have used a gumball vender. How cool would this machine be with a gumball vender attached again!
Some original machine just have a neat vintage look about them, and this machine has it. The original old paint, glass and bullseye magnifying glass just add to the overall cool factor.
As you can see in the photos above, the castings are free of any cracks or breaks. All the glass is original and in good condition. The oak cabinet retains most of the original finish and is solid. The handle does have some very old red paint on it - possibly put on during the 30's.
If you look at the very top casting, you will notice that a marquee was mounted on it. Now t are four screws covering the mounting holes. The original and reproduction marquees can still be found relatively easy. The penny coin entry looks good with mounting screws in place.
The original back door is present with the old Mr. Operator paper still attached. It is missing the lock. The original back coin entry lip is intact with the wingnut and securing bar still attached.
The serial number dating this machine to early 1930 was stamped just to the right of the bullseye viewing window. To bad this machine wasn't number 250000 - that would be something!
The last series of photos show the mechanism and reel strips. The mechanism has been tuned up by myself and works as it should. The original tin reel strips with fortunes over the symbols are present. As you can see in the last two photos, about half of the images on the first reel have faded in various degrees. The second and three reels are just fine.
Due to the laws regulating the sale of antique slot machines, I, as the seller, will not sell to members in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Bid...
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