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    Posted 11 years ago

    TonyPapant…
    (2 items)

    I have no idea where this machine is from, when it was built or anything from its history. All I know is that I love it! I'm hoping that someone with intimate expertise of slot machines may be able to provide further details on this piece.

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    1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 11 years ago
      any markings/serial numbers/patent numbers?
    2. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 11 years ago
      You have a 1931 25 cent Mills lion head gooseneck bell slot machine
    3. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 11 years ago
      Your slot machine was manufactured by Mills Novelty Co of Chicago, IL The company was founded in 1880 producing coin operated cigar vending machine. In 1897, the company launched the Mills Owl which was the first mechanical upright slot machine.
    4. TonyPapantoniou, 11 years ago
      @VikingFan82 - There are no marking or numbers on the item... @ttomtucker - Thank you so much for your help! So, is this an 1897 machine or a 1931 machine? I googled the slot machine image and very much enjoyed looking at how it looked originally!

      Question: Should I restore this machine or does that make the item lose value?
    5. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 11 years ago
      Tony, It's a 1931 machine, the 1897 machine was there Mills owl. The question is do you want to keep the slot machine or sell it. If you intend to keep it have it restored and enjoy it. if you want to sell it, then leave it in it's original condition.
    6. TonyPapantoniou, 11 years ago
      ttomtucker: Thank you for your help on this matter...

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