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The Harrah collection boasts more than 75 upright slot machines, trade stimulators, three-reelers and floor consoles hailing from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, as well as several ephemeral displays from various Harrah’s (now Caesars) Entertainment properties. The collection includes items that previously resided inside corporate offices at those casinos, including Mr. Harrah’s prior to his passing, as well as in the Pony Express Museum that he owned in Reno, Nev.
This amazing assemblage of working gambling machines includes an early-model 25-cent Caille roulette floor console, circa 1904, in a beautiful mahogany case; a fully operational, 5-cent Mills/Hoke “Trap the Snake” three-reel bell slot machine from 1939 in original condition; and an ornately detailed, 5-cent Mills duplex from the turn of the 20th century, in beautifully restored condition.
One of the rarest items in the Harrah collection – and in the world of vintage gaming devices overall – is the 25-cent “Midget Derby” floor model horse racing machine, in excellent condition. Only one of these machines is known to exist, and it’s so unique, even its manufacturer is unknown.
Other highlights among the lots offered in the three-day auction include a 5-cent Mills “Violano Virtuoso” upright violin-and-piano music player circa 1912; a beautiful, black-and-chrome, 5-cent Paces Races light-up horse racing slot machine; a 5-foot-tall, painted, carved Native American princess cigar store figure; an Emil J. Paidar Co. three-station barber shop wood back bar, featuring Art Deco styling with rounded mirrors and chrome detailing; and an early-20th century 5-cent Mutoscope viewer featuring scenes from Universal Pictures’ Beware of Windows, starring Laura LaPlante.
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