Vintage slot machine sells for $1,000


December 01, 1991|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a slot machine that I found while cleaning out my aunt's home. It is 11 1/2 inches high, 10 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches deep. Anything you can tell me about it will be appreciated.

A: This appears to be a Mills' Little Perfection Poker Machine made about 1926. Any payoff was made by the storekeeper based on the value of the poker hand. These are currently selling for about $1,000.

Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of a small glass compote. The bowl is shell-shaped and the stem is in the form of a nude woman. Can you identify the maker and give me some idea of the vintage and value?

A: This was part of the Statuesque line made in Ohio by the Cambridge Glass Co. during the mid-20th century. It would probably sell for $125 to $135.

Q: We discovered several boxes of old books in my grandmother's attic. Several of them appear to be more than 100 years old. How do I determine if any of these are valuable?

A: Go to the public library and ask for "American Book Prices Current." These books list the values of collectible books. In general, collectors want first editions by famous authors. Another collectible category is non-fiction about events written at the time of the event.

Q: I have an old brass cash register made by the National Cash Register Co. Can you tell me anything about its vintage and value? It is marked "NCR No. 6."

A: It is difficult to answer your question without a picture. Your cash register was probably made in the early 1900s and might sell for $1,000 to $1,500, depending on condition.

Q: I would appreciate any information you can provide about a vase that is marked with a monogram "RF" in a diamond. It is 6 inches high and looks like leaded glass panels decorated with pansies.

A: This mark was used on Royal Flemish glass made by the Mount Washington Glass Works in New Bedford, Mass. It was made around the turn of the century and would probably sell in the $1,000 to $1,250 range.

Q: What can you tell me about some bronze bookends that I nTC have? They consist of a boy and a girl standing in front of a tree and are marked Vienna, Austria. They are 5 inches high and 4 inches wide.

A: These were made in the early 20th century and would probably sell for $175 to $200 in an antique shop.

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