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Character THREE JACKS Machine

Life-size, wood-carved character three jacks gambling machine.

It is fully operational and it is in excellent shape.

This unique decorative item features a new 10 cent Jacks machine whose playfield lights up. It is an eye-catching item.

SPECIAL SALE Price: $1950 plus $185 shipping
WINTER SALE: $1750 plus shipping

or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast Time)
Other Inquiries, please email: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com


Character Slot Machine

Life-size, wood-carved character slot machine.

Carved by Dick DeLong in the 1980s. See how How Character Slots Are Carved

It is fully operational on tokens and it is in excellent shape.

See Bottom Half of Character Slot

Pick Up in near New Bedford Massachusettes
or arrange your own shipping - approximately $400-600 (we'll help, we have the original shipping crate)

To Order send an e-mail to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your day time phone number
or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast)


Hand Carved Character Slots

  • Carved from Kiln Dried Bass Wood

  • Life size heads with realistic carved wrinkles
    Approx. Dimensions: 6' high, 24" wide, 18" deep.

  • Totally Restored Antique Slot Machine

  • Can be shipped via UPS - $165

  • Cost: $7950
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    Woodsman Character Slot in stock - Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery

    Cowboy, Gangster & Custom Characters can also be made

  • For more information, call 202-338-1342 (10 am -10pm east coast) or e-mail durham@GameRoomAntiques.com.
    Please let us know what city you live in and a phone number.

  • Scroll down to learn how a character slot is made.

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History of the
Character Slot

Character slots came into being in the early 1950s when Frank Polk carved 92 life size statues of cowboys and eastern characters to hold slot machines. As the price of an original Polk character slot machine rose beyond the reach of even the most ardent collector, a few other artists started to carve character slots in 1977.

There are probably only a couple hundred of the wood carved character slots in existence, and therefore, they are quite rare and hard to find.

Making a
Character Slot

The process of making a hand carved character slot takes a great deal of artistry and little bit of production line efficiency. It all starts with several large blocks of wood. The individual blocks are glued and pressed together to create the necessary thickness. Patterns, similar to those that are used to make a suit of clothes, are used to cut the wood into roughly shaped legs and arms.

These legs and arms are then further carved by chainsaws and chisels and sanded to create the realistic human looking model. The arms and legs even have realistic carved wrinkes in them. The legs are proportioned to the style of the slot machine selected to create added realism.

The most difficult and time consuming part is the careful carving required to create the head and face. Each head is hand carved with a full head of hair and glass eyes, if requested.

After all the body parts are carved, they are assembled together. A fully restored slot machine is placed on the legs and last, but not least, our newly created friend is dressed up in authentic buckskin, cowboy hat, headdress, or whatever is necessary to recreate the image you are trying to replicate. Genuine hand-tooled holsters are specially made for the different cowboys. As difficult and time consuming as the wood carving is, just imagine how difficult and time consuming it is to find a full Indian headdress or stitch up a buckskin outfit. The end result of these weeks of effort is a unique, truly one of a kind, collector's piece.



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