Nations Attic is a unique company that specializes in the buying, selling and restoring of antique slot machines from the 1880's up to 1951. In addition to old slots we also find other unique mechanical or functional antiques as well. This blog will touch on some of the more interesting items we come across plus offer the owners unique commentary on related items.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Unusual Rol-A-Top Slot Machine Bug Sighting
Unusual Weighted Percentage Device Found On A Watling Rol-A-Top Mechanism
Earlier this year I posted some information about antique
slot machine percentage devices or more commonly known as “bugs”. The article was titled Bugs In My Antique Slot
Machine. I followed that up with a short update on a Mills Novelty slot
machine bug we found in a machine a few days after writing that article.
Since that time, we have found numerous other bugs in machines
we have gotten in for repair and restoration. Most of them are a similar
configuration and do the same job – preventing one of the reels from stopping
on the jackpot symbol.
Watling Rol-A-Top Restored By Nations Attic
Last week I did run across a rather unusual percentage device
on a Watling Rol-A-Top we were restoring. As shown in the photo above, this
device bolted to the outer ring of the reel. While this did not prevent the
reel from stopping on the jackpot symbol, it did add quite a bit of weight to
one section of the reel. This weight would cause the reel to want to stop in an
area where the jackpot symbols were not located. This sly device was not fool
proof but it still did the job of throwing off the number of times it would
land on a jackpot symbol.
It should also be noted that it appears Watling went out of
their way to provide pre-drilled spots on both the reel tins and inner reel
stops. These pre drilled holes made it very easy to install a bug in seconds . Generally
the other slot machine manufactures would never put these on their machines but
Watling seems to have rolled out the red carpet for percentage device installation.
Watling slot machines, specifically Rol-A-Top’s, are notorious for having
hundreds of different small and large changes to the inside and outside of
their machines. While these “bug holes” may not be in your Rol-A-Top, I’m sure
others out there have some equally interestingly unique features! Don - Nations Attic