Michigan's Largest Dealer of Vintage Slot Machines
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Bill playing Silver Dollar Club Chief


Current Inventory
& Consignment

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& Parts
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Machines Wanted
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Status as of 2/18/2018

Contact me, Bill Darwin,
for prices and more information at
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:


1964 Bally Money Honey

1964 Bally Money Honey

Serial #6275, Model # 742A-426-A. Nice original 25 cent machine. This is the model that revolutionized the slot machine industry of the day. When this electromechanical machine hit the casino floor with its ability to pay automatically a 200 coin pay out the manufactures of the old style mechanical machines quivered in their boots. Mills, Jennings and Pace tried to compete by bringing their own line of EM machines in but it simply didn’t work out and led to their demise.
Additional pictures on request via email

1938 Pace Melon Jackpot

1938 Pace Melon Comet

Serial # FDC0063M. Here is a very nice original 5 cent machine that seldom shows up. It has the special hand load Melon jackpot and when you hit the 3 watermelons the operator would unlock the melon pot and give you the contents. Original paint, reel strips, back door with instructions, DUO lock and key, cash box and locking cash box security door and melon jackpot counter. Interior of the machine fully restored.
Additional pictures on request via email

1937 Mills National Jackpot

1929 Mills/National Jackpot revamp

Serial # 140600. Just in on consignment is this revamp machine which means it started out as a Mills Operators Bell and when the jackpot mechanism came out in the late 1920’s manufacturers of the jackpot front castings bought up out of fashion non-jackpot machines and fitted them with their new jackpot casting. Operators also would send in their out of fashion non-jackpot machines and have them converted to jackpot models. This machine has been restored inside and out and has an aftermarket back door and cash box. Nice entry level collectible.
Additional pictures via email

1932 Benton Harbor Novelty Co. IMP

*****SOLD 2/5/18*****

1932 Benton Harbor Novelty Co. IMP

Serial # 335. Here is a nice smaller machine made by a short lived company only producing slot machines for 3 years. It is all original except the handle which was missing when found in a barn. Interior of the machine fully restored.
Additional pictures via email

1927 Mills COK Operator Bell

1927 Mills COK Operator Bell

*****SOLD 1/10/18*****

Serial # 155259. Nice original 25 cent machine with the bells and whistles. Sporting the original side mounted Delicious Confections rolled candy vendor, original working skill stops, original deferred pay out system, cash box, back door w/YALE lock and key, nice tin reel strips, this beauty is ready to play and awe your friends. Recently serviced and tuned. COK referred to the machine was a counter machine that was ok to have on location because #1 for your quarter you were buying a roll of mints and #2 even if you hit winning symbols you were not paid until you inserted another quarter and pulled the handle to receive your rewards from the previous pull, therefore you were not gambling and #3 being a skill stop machine meant it was not a game of chance, these were all features to get around the anti-gambling laws of the day. Ha!
Additional pictures via email

1937 Mills Melon Jackpot

1937 Mills Melon Jackpot

Serial #135884. Original 5 cent machine, all mechanicals disassembled, degreased, hand cleaned, lubed and tuned. Original paint and finish on cabinet and castings with normal wear for an 80 year old machine. Melon jackpot counter reads 332. Original Mills locks and keys and cash box. These are far less common than a Brown Front/Bursting Cherry.
Additional pictures by request via email.

1938 Jennings Club Special

1938 Jennings Club Special

Serial #139796. Original 5 cent machine in working condition and recently serviced, not restored. All matching numbers, original ODJ YALE lock with 2 matching keys, original paint, finish, awards card and reel strips. Plays and pays great. This is a variation of the Jennings Silver Chief made in much less numbers.
Additional pictures by request via email.

1939 Mills Horse Head BONUS 1939 Mills Horse Head BONUS

Serial #468057. Nice original 25 cent play machine rescued from a barn in the north east wrapped in burlap for the last 60 plus years. The bonnet and back door was missing, door is original Mills with Mills lock and key, bonnet is shop fabricated. Mechanism, escalator and jackpot serviced, lubricated and tuned for proper play and pay out. The BONUS feature makes this a fun machine to play. Paint, reel strips, decal and cash box all original.
Additional pictures by request via email.

1964 Jennings Nevada Club Continental

1964 Jennings Nevada Club Continental

This is an original survivor Silver Dollar machine of only 460 that made specifically for the Nevada Club in Reno. This included all denominations of which dollar machines were the fewest. When it comes to slot machine production those are low numbers. Many were confiscated and destroyed and many were restored altering them from their original condition. This machine has its original plating, special high dollar jackpot reel strips, cabinet, Nevada Club ashtray insert and best of all hand load jackpot. This is just how it came from the casino. The special multiple jackpots marquee is original and has some touch up. This is most likely the only one of these machines to exist.
I really prefer not to ship this machine due to its rarity but will work with the buyer at their risk and expense.
Additional pictures by request via email.

1938 Mills Red Front Vendor

1938 Mills Red Front Vendor

*****SOLD 1/30/18*****

Serial #V433132. This is a scarce machine, 5 cent play and only 3 known to exist today. It is all original and working. It has the deferred pay out feature which means if you hit a winner you hear the coins fall however you do not receive your winnings until the next 5 cent play, therefore you aren’t gambling. You are also able to receive a package or rolled mints out of the side vendor for each nickel played. The most unusual part of this machine is that there is no jackpot and this is what makes it rare. The deferred pay head on top was cracked during shipping and there is metal missing on the upper left side of the upper casting, not visible from the front. This is a great project machine for someone with experience.
Additional pictures by request via email.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

** Custom Stained Glass **

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts panel


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"


2003 Welsh Cardigan Corgi
Big Wrig (Wrigley)
Right here is my best friend, he comes to work with me every day!


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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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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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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