OLD TIME SLOTS

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

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Bill playing Silver Dollar Club Chief

BUY ~ SELL ~ TRADE ~ RESTORE ~ REPAIR





Current Inventory
& Consignment

Project Machines
& Parts
Restoration & Repair

Machine Wanted
Slot Laws

Status as of July 28, 2014

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.
Click Here for my current inventory.

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. You can watch it online here: Click to watch "Destination Michigan!" 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 -
below is our current slot machine inventory.
Current price list available via email:
bill@oldtimeslots.com




MACHINES FOR SALE


 


Mills Lion Head

1946 Mills Black Cherry
Just finished this nice original 25 cent machine. Original paint on the castings, original awards bib, new glass, all original paper tags on mech and cabinet, wood cabinet stripped, glued and new paint, new paint on drill proof armour. Mechanism has been disassembled, solvent cleaned, lubed and tuned.
More detailed photos on request.

Pace All Star Comet

1966 Ainsworth Consolidated/Aristocrat
Just in on consignment 25 cent entry level collectible machine, works good. nice for man cave or home bar.

Pick up ONLY, no shipping


Mills Lion Head

1931 Mills Lion Head
Just in on consignment is a nice restored 5 cent machine with original tin strips, new wood base.
More detailed photos on request.

Pace All Star Comet

1936 Pace All Star Comet *****SALE $1600*****
Just in on consignment a nice restored 5 cent machine.
More detailed photos on request.





Caille Superior Vender

1927 Caille Superior Vender
This 5 cent machine is a scarce one. According to the last printed slot machine blue book there are less then 25 known to exist. This fine example is in great condition. The reel strips, castings, wood, metal framed back door and mechanism are all original and working. It still retains two Superior Vendor decals which are not being reproduced. The marquee, future pay award card and strip are new as is the glass.

Additional photos upon request.

50 cent Hitop

1959 Mills/Sega Blue-Bell
This 50 cent machine has just had a new hammertone paint job, polish and the mechanism, jackpot and escalator cleaned, lubed and tuned and a new oak base. Large coin machines don't come around too often.
More detailed photos o request.



Jennings Little Duke

1932 Jennings Little Duke *****SOLD 7/10/14*****
This penny machine is just in on consignment. Nice restoration inside and out.

Additional photos upon request.

Duke side view

1938 Watling Diamond bell Console

*****SOLD 7/10/14*****




Jennings Duchess

1933 Jennings Duchess Vendor *****SALE $1500*****
Nicely restored for sale on consignment is this 5 cent vendor front jackpot machine. The vendor doors are new, castings have been polished and painted, fortune reel strips, has one hairline crack in upper casting which is common with Duchess machines.

Additional photos upon request.

Melon Bell

1938 Mills Melon Bell
Nice 5 cent machine with special Bonus Melon jackpot. When you hit the 3 watermelons on the payline the operator of the machine would take off the large diamond shaped jackpot and give you the contents! It has an older restoation, original locks and keys.

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. Its a real workhorse of a machine and everything works as it should.

Additional photos upon request.


1935 Mills Blue Front AKA Castle Front
Here is a nice 5 cent single jackpot machine that has just been brought back to life. This machine had sat in a barn in Idaho for the last 40 years and was a basket case, it had mouse nests through out the machine. The entire machine has been restored and it came out just great!
Additional photos upon 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 manufactures came out with jackpot fronts so this is a true survivor.
More detailed photos on request.

1931 Watling Twin Jackpot Vendor
Very nice single owner slot machine. Purchaced for the family cigar store in 1931, all original including 7 rolls of Watling mints. Additional photos upon request.



* Open Fronts NO SHIPPING, PICK UP ONLY

Pair of 1961 Mills Open Fronts
This is a 50 cent & $1.00 pair of Open Front machines on a common base. These are Jackpot only machines and pay out is delivered by a hopper under each machine.
Nice club machines.
NO SHIPPING

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.

Mills Bursting Cherry

1937 Mills Brown Front AKA Bursting Cherry
Consigned for sale is this 5 cent cast iron machine with small repair in upper casting, older repaint. Other then that it is all original. 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 50 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 pice of history. It has a crack in the front door and has a wood replaced cash box door.
Additional photos upon request.

Glitter Diamond Front

Glitter Diamond Front
*****SOLD 6/7/14*****

Jennings Century

1933 Jennings Century Vendor
*****SOLD 4/29/14*****

Mercury Strength Testor
*****SOLD 6/7/14*****






1931 Mills/Rockola Jackpot
***** SOLD 4/10/14 *****

Mills Vest pocket

1938 Mills Vest pocket
*****SOLD 4/9/14 *****





Pace penny Bantam

1933 Pace Bantam Reserve
*****SOLD 5/12/14*****



Standard Chief

1946 Jennings Standard Chief
*****SOLD 3/14/14*****

Mills Sweetheart QT

1941 Mills Glitter Sweetheart QT
*****3/11/14*****

Mill Jewel Hitop

***** SOLD 1/22/14 *****




Jennings Buckaroo Console

1955 Jennings buckaroo Console
***** SOLD 1/29/14 *****

1948 Mills Hitop

1948 Mills Hitop.
*****SOLD 12/28/13*****



nice original vendor front

1933 Mills Extraordinary Vendor
*****SOLD 1/9/14*****





Mills Chevron QT

1936 Mills Chevron QT
**** SOLD 9/6/13 ****

Caille Sphinx

1932 Caille Sphinx
***** SOLD 6/25/13 *****

Jenning Silver Dollar Prospector

1948 Jennings Silver Dollar Prospector
**** SOLD 8/28/13 ****


Pace Jackpot

1928 Pace Bantam Jackpot
**** SOLD 9/1/13 ****

NCR 250

National Cash Register #250
*****SOLD 12/6/13*****

ncr216

National Cash Register #218 *****SOLD 12/6/13*****

Mills Deuce Wild HiTop

1948 Mills Deuce Wild Hitop
***** SOLD 7/22/13 *****

Jennings Sportsman

1935 Jennings Sportsman
***** SOLD 7/25/13 *****


Mills Extraordinary Bell

1933 Mills Extraordinary Bell
**** SOLD ****
We just finished this beauty for a client

Mills/Rockola Jackpot

1933 Mills Extraordinary Bell
**** SOLD ****
A veiw of the mech

1939 Mills Diamond Front

1939 Mills Daimond Front
****SOLD 5/4/13****




Cherry Front Rolatop

1938 Watling Cherry Rolatop
***** SOLD 6/7/13 *****

Mills Operators Bell

1921 Mills Operators Bell "OWL"
****SOLD 4/11/13****





Pace Comet

1936 Pace All Star Comet
***** SOLD 5/9/13 *****
Newly consigned for sale is this 25 cent all original Pace machine in very nice working contion. Additional photos upon request.

Mills COK Vendor

1920 Mills Automatic Salesman Side Vendor
**** SOLD 3/7/13 ****


Jennings Little Duke

1933 Jennings Little Duke Vendor
****SOLD 3/7/13****



Jennings Buckaroo

1955 Jennings Buckaroo
**** SOLD 1/18/13 ****

NCR 130 on NCR base

NCR 130 register
****SOLD 2/9/13****

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 please find some fresh finds. These are great project machines and some parts!


Jennings Victory Chief

1941 Jennings Victory Chief
Just in on consignment is this nice original 5 cent WWII machine by O.D. Jennings. As with most manufactures during the war years factorys converted their operations to government work making parts for airplanes, tanks, guns, etc. and their slot machine production slowed to a near stand still. This machine was made up of parts already in inventory and castings that were not available were made from wood and painted to look like cast metal. This particular machine has the top "casting" made of wood as well as the bonnet and bottom, the only metal on the front is the awards card, trim and jackpot casting. This machine has all 3 matching serial numbers, original ODJ Yale lock and two replacement keys, original cash box, reel strips and back door.
More detailed photos on request.

Jennings Victory Chief

1941 Jennings Victory Chief
Just in on consignment is yet anonther nice original WWII machine. This is a 10 cent version or the Victory Chief. This machine too has all 3 matching serial numbers, original ODJ Yale lock and its 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 piece together from what ever was left over. Don't miss your oppertunity 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 mechansims for you at an additional cost.
More detailed photos on request.

**** SOLD 11/25/13*****




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


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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 show" and of coarse 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
    Mills Roman Head Vendor and Watling Cherry Front Rol-a-top


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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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