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1932 "Junior Crane" Coin-Op Game
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $3,770.00
Counter-top digger/crane coin-op amusement device manufactured in 1932 by the International Mutoscope Reel Co., of New York. Produced during the heyday of digger/crane amusement games, this example, titled "Junior Crane," displays a beautiful wood exterior and more closely resembles a piece of furniture than an amusement device. The intricate interior design features a working crane which can be maneuvered by means of knobs on the front control panel. The insertion of a coin allowed the customer to operate the crane, through the use of which he or she attempted to grasp any number of various prizes that would have been displayed within the case. If the customer were lucky enough to snag a prize, he or she would then maneuver the crane over the top of the exit chute and release it so that it could be collected on the outside. Despite the posted interior sign, which reads "For Amusement Only - You Pay To See It Work," this device was technically a gambling game in that money was exchanged for a chance at winning a prize. In 1951 the Government also came to that conclusion and officially declared these games "gambling devices," thus severely curtailing their manufacture and distribution. This is an exceptional example from the period and has been fully restored to its original, working condition. 19.5 (W) x 16.5 (D) x 35 (H) inches. Please Note: due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping charges may be substantial. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,770.00
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