Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Gum ball Machine

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Acorn
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I purchased a gum ball machine about 15 years ago. It is an Acorn. Do you know what year it is from and how much it is worth? The top says oak mfg co inc LA California pat 2537317 others pend. Thanks so much for your help.

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Hi Sue, Oak Mfg Co began production in 1947. Early machines had an Oak Acorn embossed in the glass globe. Over the years, many models were made and there is no way to know exactly when
any of them were made. I try to get an idea of a machine's age by the type of globe it has.
The earliest machines had a small glass globe with an acorn in the glass. Later machines
had larger glass globes and the newest versions have plastic globes, My guess is that your
machine was made in the late 1950's to late 1960's, but it is just a guess. Value range of the
machine would be $50 to $80, due to the large amount of machines the company made and the
many surviving examples. I hope I have been helpful to you. Regards, Jack

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Jack Freund

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I have 35 years experience in the coin op field, specializing in old gumball and peanut machines. Also trade stimulators, especially turn of the century cigar store machines, both cast iron and wooden machines.

Experience

I have owned over 3000 coin operated machines. Much knowledge comes from experience as there is not a lot of documented information on many coin operated machines. Experience is the teacher.

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Coin Operated Collector's Association

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I host a column in the C.O.C.A. Times, (the magazine for members of the Coin Operated Collector's Association). The column is titled "Tales Of The Hunt" and features stories and comments about member's great (and sometimes not so great) finds.

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I have been a dealer at the Chicagoland Slot Machine and Coin Op show since it started. Look for me in Booth F-09. Stop by with your questions or photos. I'll try to help you or buy your machine if you prefer.

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