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Interesting gambling devices like this were often seen in cigar stores in the early 1900's. The idea was for the customer to insert a nickel in the top and take a chance on the clock chiming once, twice, or three times. A token was dispensed into the cup at the side for a free cigar each time the clock chimed. From the front, the clock looks like an ordinary mantel clock of the era; no one would have suspected it to be a gambling device. The Loheide Mfg. Co. bought black mantel clocks from the Waterbury Clock Co and Loheide modified them as a sort of slot machine.
This clock is in very nice condition, there is a bit of checking it the paint on the top, but the outside finish and clock mechanism are all original. The token dispensing mechanism in this clock has been restored. The marquee sign on the top is a copy of the original. The clock dial is original and is fairly clean for its age. Both the clock and gambling mechanism are in excellent working condition. The clock keeps accurate time and needs to be wound about once a week. A wind key and key to the back door lock are provided. Several cigar tokens will also be included. Extra care will be taken in packaging this item for shipping. Shipping via FedEx Ground fully insured.
Size is 13" X 7" X 10" Weight about 12 lbs.
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Wizard Loheide Gambling Clock Trade Stimulator 1905
$999 USD SALE PENDING
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