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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Bolton MA
May 3, 2005 10:00 AMCalender

Coin-Operated Bicycle Race Gaming Machine by Mermod Freres

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2283 Location: Bolton Date / Time: May 03, 2005 10:00AM


Coin-Operated Bicycle Race Gaming Machine by Mermod Freres, No. 641, with removable beveled-glass lid enclosing a velvet-covered race track and five cast-metal cyclists in white, red, blue, gold and green racing colors, five winning posts painted corresponding colors, coin-slot, plaque Osma, La Chaux-de-Fonds, (Suisse) and six-air cylinder movement No. 25916, in oak case with fielded panels, coin-drawer with carved laurel-leaf design, nickel-plated capstan wheel to double chain-drive for setting / releasing the racers and winding the cylinder movement, and stop / start knob for disconnecting the music, on turned tapering legs, wd. 41 x dpth. 28 x ht. 30 in.

Note: Believed to be one four, the Bicycle Race was discovered in a warehouse in St. Croix, Switzerland, apparently never having been used commercially. In an attempt to evade American gambling laws, the earliest amusement machines would sometimes incorporate a cylinder musical box, allowing them to be sold as musical cabinets rather than as gaming devices.
Estimate $18,000-20,000


cast-metal cyclists, St. Croix