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Circa 1930 Peanut-Warming Vending Machine
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,637.50
"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack..." Peanuts have long been a staple at the ballpark, which is why, when Barry Halper had the opportunity to pick up this great rarity for display in his collecting room, he couldn't resist. The visual appeal of this rare peanut-warming vending machine is accentuated by the two glass-paneled front compartments that allow for the display of the loose peanuts. Those compartments, however, are decorative in nature and the bulk of the peanuts, as well as the heating unit, are housed in the main body of the machine. The enclosed top tier (which once held freshly filled bags of peanuts) features a back splash that is lettered “Fresh Roasted Hot Peanuts.” The machine retains both of its two reverse-painted glass panes. The top pane is lettered “Nuts 3 Cents Bag” bordered on each side by a depiction of a top hat. The large bottom pane displays a depiction of a top hat. The freestanding tin machine was distributed by the Brooklyn Store Fixture Supply Co., Inc., as noted by the attached label on the front. The piece retains much of its original bronze colored paint and the front door is fully functional. We have not tested the machine for fear of possibly damaging the piece (the original electrical wiring remains intact) and, as always when dealing with very old electrical pieces, we recommend that the winning bidder first have it examined by a qualified electrician prior to plugging it in. In Excellent condition overall. This is both a rare and extremely visual display piece dating to the late 1920s/early 1930s. 17.75 (W) x 18.75 (D) x 48.5 (H) inches. From the Barry Halper Collection. Please Note: due to the weight and size of this lot, the shipping charges (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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