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Unknown Mills Slot
Unknown Mills Slot  
Hi dave! have an oddball Mills $.05 slot I can't find anything about. It has 'spearmint' in the top casting under the gooseneck and a owl in the top casting but a front that doesn't match a spearmint machine. I don't think it's a combination of two because of a owl in both the top and front panels. Additionally it has a Olympic style runners torch on the front. I can't find anything that's even close anywhere on the Net.
Ok, I give. What it it?????

The machine is a Mills Owl Gooseneck. Your machine was made in the mid to early 1920s.

It sometimes goes by the name of Torch Front.

Go to and do a search for Torch Front and you should find the same machine.

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David Burritt


My expertise is in the area of antique slot machines. Specifically pre 1940 era machines. I have an extensive price history list of slot machines that have been sold on eBay and other auction houses (e.g., Victoria Casino Auctions, Rich Penn Auctions, etc.). PLEASE, do not send questions about anything that is not coin-op related. I have no expertise in other items and cannot help you.


1. I run a discussion forum on coin operated devices ( 2. I maintain a web site which tracks price trends for antique slot machines ( 3. I published an 8 hour video tape on how to properly restore a Mills slot machine back in the 1990s 4. I published a book (Coin Op On CD) which was distibuted on a CD. This CD had many articles and thousands of photos of antique coin operated devices. It also had many videos of rare and unusual coin operated devices. This CD has since been published on the web ( 5. I have written articles on how to identify fake/reproduction slot machines.

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