OLD TIME SLOTS

Michigan's Largest Dealer of Vintage Slot Machines
WE WANT TO BUY YOUR OLD SLOT MACHINES!
~SLOT MACHINES FOR SALE~
~ ANY VINTAGE MECHANICAL SLOTS ~
~ TRADE STIMULATORS ~
~ Floor Safes ~
E-Mail Us: bill@oldtimeslots.com    or Call 734.475.9730    Click here for map

Slot Room

Bill playing Silver Dollar Club Chief

BUY ~ SELL ~ TRADE ~ RESTORE ~ REPAIR


Current Inventory
& Consignment

Project Machines
& Parts
Restoration & Repair

Machines Wanted
Slot Laws

Status as of 7/21/2017

Contact me, Bill Darwin,
for prices and more information at
bill@oldtimeslots.com
Phone: 734 . 475 . 9730

If you are looking for a particular machine please ask as machines have been coming in -
however I have been selling them before I can list them on this website.

If you are looking for a fair deal to BUY an antique slot machine, you have come to the right place.
We also spend a lot of time RESTORING machines for collectors and clients who have a sentimental attachment to an antique slot machine.

Click Here for my current inventory.


NEW FEATURE of our website is a page of SOLD machines.
Click Here to view slot machines we've SOLD.

Do you have an old slot machine you'd like to SELL? If you are serious about selling please e-mail us or call 734.475.9730 with a description of your pre-1950's machine. Since you found our website it means you've done your homework. We are interested in your single slot machine or an entire collection.
How can you tell if your machine is pre-1951?

Slots made before 1951 did not have lighted or plastic fronts, except for the Jennings Sun Chief models. They were metal and wood, not electronic. Most of the slot machines from the 1890's to 1940's were made by only a few manufacturers: Jennings, Mills, Pace, Watling, Caille and Superior.

When you call or e-mail please provide the following information:
  • Manufacturer of your machine?
  • Is it in working condition?
  • What coin does it take? (nickel, dime, etc.)
  • Are there any broken or missing parts?

We make it easy for you to ship your machine to us. We will send you a shipping drum with all of the packaging, you simply pack it and we'll have it picked up. It's as simple as that.
for more information about us.

Bill was featured in television's DESTINATION MICHIGAN with Bob Garner on WCMU Public Television with his antique slot machines in 2011. Later the TV crew came back to film a segment on the Waterloo Croquet Club, which aired in June 2012. Bill also appeared with his slot machines on a "Hardcore Pawn" TV episode in 2010. "Around Town with Linda", produced by Chris and Linda Meloche of Chelsea, did a show on Bill and his work as well. Archived DVDs may be borrowed from Chelsea's McKune Library.

Thanks for stopping -
Remember RESTORATION is our main business.
Below is our current slot machine inventory.
Current price list available via email:
bill@oldtimeslots.com

MACHINES FOR SALE






1928 Caille Superior Jackpot

1928 Caille Superior Jackpot

*****SOLD 7/14/17*****


Serial #33687, nice original 25 cent machine. Fresh out of storage since 1954 with original door and I believe lock and key, cash box, reel strips and awards card. Recently serviced, not restored.
Additional pictures on request.


Coin Front Rolatop

1940 Watling Rol-A-Top


Serial #93552, late model 5 cent coin front Rol-A-Top. Very nice original in storage since 1954. All original except skids under base and decal. Two original keys for original Watling lock, original cash box w/original lock and key, reel strips, awards card, paint and glass
Additional pictures on request.



1948 Mills 777 Black Beauty

1948 Mills 777 Black Beauty


Serial #586915, nice original 25 cent machine with what appears to be an operators conversion including 777 token drop dispenser, original paint and finish, jackpot and special awards counters, reel strips and awards card. Recently serviced, not restored
Additional pictures on request.








Victory Bell

1921 Caille Victory Bell

*****SOLD 7/11/17*****


Serial #954, early cast iron nickel plated 25 cent center pull machine. Original reel strips, future pay strip, awards card, decals and pin striping. Door on coin head is an original later model aluminum door. Deferred pay mechanicals are shop fabricated and working. Nude front center pull machines are far less common than the vendor front model especially in quarter play
Additional pictures on request.




1935 Mills War Eagle

1935 Mills War Eagle


Serial #343069, older restoration 10 cent machine with new reel strips and awards card. Mechanism, jackpot, escalator torn down, degreased, cleaned, lubed and tuned.
Additional pictures on request.



Castle Front

1938 Mills Castle Front


Serial #459242, nice older restored 50 cent machine.
Additional pictures on request.


1936 Mills Chevron QT

1936 Mills Chevron QT


Serial #19570, nice original 10 cent machine with original reel strips and awards card, front lock and key, rear door and lock replacements. Mechanism torn down, degreased, cleaned, lubed and tuned. Fresh paint.
Additional pictures on request.


Glitter Sweetheart

1941 Mills Glitter Sweetheart QT


Serial #23011, nice original penny machine. Original paint, reel strips, awards card, cash box, mechanism torn down, degreased, cleaned, lubed and tuned.
Additional pictures on request.



1938 Mills Horse Head BONUS

1938 Mills Horse Head BONUS


Original 10 cent machine barn find with original reel strips and awards card. Castings repaired, polished and painted. Mechanism torn down, degreased, cleaned, lubed and tuned.
NO BONNET :(
Additional pictures on request.


Jennings Dutch Boy

1929 OD Jennings Dutch Boy Jackpot


Serial #67055, nice original 5 cent machine. Original paint, reel strips, back doors and locks, new keys, new awards card.
Additional pictures on request.




Watling Blue Seal Confections 1927 Watling Blue Seal
Confections Vendor
Here is a scarce machine especially in this great original condition. This machine has original tin reel strips, original paint, Watling back door and lock, original cash box and future pay feature and the mint vendor is complete and working. The mechanism has been serviced, cleaned and lubed. Plus it is a 25 cent machine to boot. Most of these old vendor front models were converted to jackpot machines once the various manufacturers came out with jackpot fronts so this is a true survivor.
More detailed photos on request.


Watling Blue Seal Confections

1927 Watling Blue Seal Confections
Very nice refreshed original 5 cent vendor front machine with deferred pay, original back door, cash box, extremely nice original tin fortune reel strips.
Additional pictures upon request.







Mills Operators Bell1926 Mills Owl Operators Bell
Nice original 25 cent machine. Original finish on castings, tin reel strips, cash box, faux wood finished door, awards card, replacement lock and key.
Additional pictures on request.







Buckley Rolatop

1940's Watling/Buckley Revamp Rol-A-Top
Nice original 5 cent machine. This is not a common machine. It started out as an early American Coin Front Vender w/gold award machine and in the late 1940's Buckley Mfg. was buying up out of date machines and did an overhaul to these machines giving them fresh paint and removing candy vendors and such making them strictly gambling devices. This machine works well and retains both its original Watling red tag and it's Buckley Mfg. tag.
Additional pictures on request.


Duchess 1933 Jennings Duchess
Nice original 5 cent machine, cleaned, lubed and tuned. Original fortune strips, door, cash box, plays well and dispenses rolled mints. Additional pictures on request.



Mills English Penny Operators Bell

1920's Mills Operators Bell
This is an English Penny machine and will play with US half dollars. Machine was refinished by the late Bill Daugherty over 10 years ago. Numbered reel strips and awards card. Additional pictures on request.



Mad Money Continential

1962 SEGA Mad Money Continential
Just in on consignment is this original 10 cent SEGA. All original, very smooth working, jackpot, reserve and mad money payouts work as they should.
Additional pictures on request.
NO SHIPPING, pick up only.



FOK Jackpot1931 Mills FOK Jackpot Vendor
Nice old machine with working jackpot and two column vendor. Original tin fortune reel strips, cash box, back door, Yale lock with replacement key. Plays great, mechanism lubed and tuned.
Additional pictures upon request.

Mills COK in crate1923 Mills "OWL" Operators Bell
This 5 cent machine is one I purchased from a man who bought it in 1964 with his paper route money. It is all original with both original Mills YALE locks and keys, cash box, tin reel strips and it plays like it just left the factory and it came with an original Mills Crate with two Mills labels, what a find!
Additional photos upon request.

Silver Moon Club

1941 Jennings Silver Moon Club
Nice 5 cent original machine, original locks and keys.All matching serial numbers. This is the 2nd machine I ever purchased back in 1994 and was actually the first machine my wife let me bring home as it has the moon and stars. It's a real workhorse of a machine and everything works as it should.
Additional photos upon request.


Columbia Club Deluxe 1946 Columbia Club Deluxe
Here is a nice original 25 cent machine, works great, original strips, awards card, cash box, door with lock and key. Original finish on the wood, castings cleaned and lightly polished, mechanism serviced and lubed. Picture shows 10 cent denomination badge but the machine comes with the conversion kit to make it 5, 10 and 25 cent play.

Additional pictures on request.

Daval Tri-O-Pack

1936 Daval Tri-O-Pack
Nicely restored penny trade stimulator. This is not a real common machine and most have the ball gum parts missing. This machine was recently restored. It looks fabulous and works just as it should!
Additional photos upon request.


Jennings Dutch boy Operators Bell
1926 Jennings Operators Bell
AKA Dutch Boy
This is the first of the Dutch Boy machines prior to the more common Dutch Boy Jackpot. This particular machine was brought back from Germany where it survived years of play since WWII. It was converted to 10 pfennig coins and comes with a roll of fifty 10 pfennig coins. It does play and pay on nickels. At the time of the conversion the bent coin release coin head was added, numbered reel strips and awards card as well as the German Tax stamp. This machine is not perfect but does play well and is a piece of history. It has a crack in the front door and has a wood replaced cash box door.
Additional photos upon request.



** Custom Stained Glass **

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts panel
******SOLD******

contemporary

Contemporary panel with bevels dichroic glass
12" x 12"

Deco Swirl

Victorian panel with 1898 Deco Swirl glass tile
12" x 12"

Rainbow Dichroic

Contemporary panel with bevels dichroic glass
12" x 12"

rig

2003 Welsh Cardigan Corgi
Big Wrig (Wrigley)
NOT FOR SALE
Right here is my best friend, he comes to work with me every day!

wrigwindow

CUSTOM stained glass of your best friend available now!
This is a hand painted and kiln fired face of Wrigley built into a very nice 10" x 10" panel. If you wish to have your pet painted for posterity please email or call for details.


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**Great Project Machines**

Below you'll see some fresh finds.
These are great project machines and some parts!


Jennings Victory Chief

1941 Jennings Victory Chief
Just in on consignment is yet another nice original WWII machine. This is a 10 cent version of the Victory Chief. This machine too has all 3 matching serial numbers, original ODJ Yale lock and it's two original keys, original cash box, reel strips and back door. This machine unlike the 5 cent just in has a wood bottom "casting" but has a metal upper casting and bonnet. It is difficult to find two identical Victory Chief machines as they were all pieced together from whatever was left over. Don't miss your opportunity to own a piece of our great American history. Both machines work and are available as they sit or we can degrease, clean, lube and tune the mechanisms for you at an additional cost.
More detailed photos on request.


Looking for the front cover to a Jennings 4 Star Chief mint vendor.


Pace Comet

1939 Pace Comet
This 10 cent machine is original in operational condition. It needs a jackpot reset lever to be complete.
More detailed photos on request.


1929 Mills Poinsettia.
Nice original working machine, has crack next to back lip, otherwise complete.
More detailed photos on request.


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RESTORATION & REPAIR SERVICES


I get asked all the time if I watch American Pickers, Pawn Stars, American Restorations and the rest of the "reality shows" and of course I do; I actually participated in a local show, Hardcore Pawn, and when doing so I really found out how these shows are "made for TV" and they do make great television and these guys are all now super stars but honestly what I do here at my little shop out in the country is the real deal. I don't have a whole crew of people working here, I am just a hard working guy who loves what I do.

Along with buying and selling machines I offer restoration and repair.
If you have a vintage mechanical machine that is not working I can repair it for you.
If you have a vintage machine that is tired but looks good I can restore it mechanically.
If you have a machine that works good but is simply faded and ugly I can do a cosmetic restoration including wood, polish and paint.
If you have a basket case I can take care of that as well.
Below are a few examples of my work.

This nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar set of Black Cherry machines I restored for one of my clients.



This 1939 Mills Diamond Front was the only thing salvaged from a whole house fire.


This is the before and after of a 1932 Roman Head.


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SLOT MACHINES WANTED



I am in search of and want to buy any of these machines
in any denomination and in any condition, working or not:
  • Bally Reliance Dice machine
  • Buckley Bones Dice machine
  • Burnham Novelty Gum Works
  • Caille Liberty Bell
  • Caille Operators Bell
  • Cast Iron Slot Machine
  • Fey Silver Dollar Slot machine
  • Jennings Chief slot machine
  • Jennings Sun Chief slot machine
  • Mills HiTop BONUS slot machine
  • Mills Horsehead BONUS slot machine
  • Mills Operators Bell slot machine
  • Mills Liberty Bell slot machine
  • Mills Melon Bell slot machine
  • Mills Watermelon HiTop slot machine
  • Mills Roman Head slot machine
  • Watling Bird of Paradise slot machine
  • Watling Cherry Front Rol-A-Top slot machine
  • Watling Rol-A-Top slot machine
  • Watling Treasury slot machine


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Coin-operated machines are a part of American history, beginning in the late 19th century, and flourishing in the early part of the 20th, until they became illegal in the 1950's. We find many of our machines in places where they have been locked up since then. Some of them were kept in operation by attached "vendors" that rewarded customers with mints, candy, or cigarettes in return for their coins, thus skirting the law. Today, it varies from state to state as to whether or not they are legal. Check your laws here. Here in Michigan, you may possess any machine that is at least 25 years old, strictly for your own use.

I began collecting and refurbishing the old machines in the mid-1990's, and have become an expert in both their lore and the mechanical aspects since then. Darwin's is the largest vintage slot machine dealer in the state of Michigan. You can trust our work as well as our word.

Original and authentically restored machines are difficult to find, and the buyer should beware of "remanufactured" machines and reproductions. Darwin's has close to 50 machines in stock at any given time, some completely original, some restored, some partially restored.

Each customer has his or her own preference, and we try to cater to every one. We are now shipping all over the country, and occasionally outside the country, specializing in Mills and Jennings machines. They were the workhorse of their day, and are the most reliable, in my opinion. We also handle Watling, Pace, and Caille machines.

Another interesting facet of our business is collecting and selling antique floor safes. Besides meeting a demand for them, they make great stands for the slots!

I inherited a fascination with mechanical things from my grandfather, the late Roy Darwin, who was involved in player pianos, model airplanes, and antique restoration, as well as stained glass. After twenty-five years as owner of Darwin's Stained Glass, I began tinkering with old slot machines in my spare time, and another business was born. Every day is a challenge and a pleasure meeting new clients from all walks of life.

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