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Mills Owl
Mills Owl  

The Puritan Bell
The Puritan Bell  
My mother inherited 2 slot machines from grandfather. I am now 42 but played with them when I was 5. He was born in 1901. Passed away at 91. So they have been around a long time. I don't know much about them but There is a large one that has a owl on it and on the inside were the fruit is on the wheels it says copyright 1910. Doing some research it says Mills owl I believe. The smaller one says The Puritan Bell. Again there is no real information except some numbers. They are sitting in a basement, so pictures may not be as clear. She does not want them anymore and would like to sell but I heard that were we live in CT we cant buy slot machines, just don't know if we could sell them. Also, if you know about how much we should ask. Also they have not been cleaned. Any information would be helpful. Thank you,,Heather

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BABY BELL
BABY BELL  

BABY BELLS 2
BABY BELLS 2  
HELLO HEATHER,

I'VE BEEN TRAVELING WHICH IS THE REASON FOR THE DELAY IN ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. BOTH MACHINES ARE AFTER 1900 AND AS SUCH NOT IN MY AREA OF EXPERTISE.

WITH THAT SAID, I CAN OFFER A BIT OF INFORMATION ON THE PURITAN BELL, ALSO KNOWN AS A BABY BELL, AS I ONCE OWNED ONE.  MILLS MADE THREE SUCH MACHINES (DESIGNED TO RESEMBLE A CASH REGISTER) IN THE MID TO LATE 1920'S. YOUR MACHINE IS THE 1929 VERSION AND APPEARS TO HAVE HAD THE FRONT PANEL REPLACED. BASED ON APPEARANCE AND WITHOUT KNOWING IF IT WORKS OR IF ANY INTERNAL PARTS ARE MISSING I WOULD VALUE THIS MACHINE AT BETWEEN $100.00 TO $175.00.

I WOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN AND JUST OFFER THEM AS IS. I CAN NOT ANSWER ANY LEGAL QUESTIONS SINCE I'M NOT AN ATTORNEY AND I DO NOT KNOW THE LAWS OF YOUR STATE.

I'VE ATTACHED A COUPLE PHOTOS SO YOU CAN SEE A COMPLETE MACHINE. ALSO KNOW THAT IT TAKES THREE KEYS TO OPEN THE THREE PANELS ON AN ORIGINAL MACHINE.

HOPE THIS HELPS A LITTLE,

BOB

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Identifying gambling equipment, makers, value, period made, what the devise was used for, if the item is rigged to cheat with, ect. I can't tell you if a specific person used the item or if it was used in a specific Saloon or Gambling Hall.

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I've been collecting since I was 8 years old (Indian points, comic books & Indian Head Pennies). I now own and operate OldWestAntiques.Biz, an online business dealing in items from just after the Civil War to the turn of the century. Most focusing on the Old West period; cowboy,saloon,gambling,tobacco,whiskey bottles,law enforcement and much more.

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