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Junior Crane


Circa 1932s. Made by International Mutoscope Copmany,

All mechanical operation
The mechanical diggers/cranes are more desirable and collectible than the later model electric diggers and therefore harder to find in good condition.

The Junior Crane features:

  • the original graphic of a factory scene in the back,
  • the original store house buildings on either side of the original crane, nicely painted
  • The wood finish on the case has been restored,
  • All the metal parts have been highly polished,
  • The metal plate on the marque is original, although the wood that holds the marque is remade.

We have also added a small light inside the crane to brighten its features, but the light can be easily removed

Here is how it works:

  • You insert 2 pennies in the coin slide, push it in,
  • Turn the knob to point the crane to the right, left, or center.
  • Then turn the spinner knob and watch the crane come down, close its claws around a price,
  • As you keep turning the spinner knob, the crane raises the prize and then drops it in the opening so it falls in the chute
  • Open the chute door so you can get your prize.

See Video of the Junior Crane in Operation

Fully working, with lock and key, countertop crane ready to be placed on a stand or a deep bookcase.

See Another Photo of the Junior Crane

Dimensions: Width: 19 inches Depth: 17 inches Height: 36 1/2 inches

Price: To Be Auctioned in May

Pick up in Washington DC or at the Chicago Show
We'll help you arrange shipping

or call 202-213-1585 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast Time)

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To be Auctioned in May







Steam Shovel Crane

circa 1956. Made by Williams Amusement Co.

Completely restored and fully operational.

Filled with Lentil beans. Ten cent play

Four buttons operate the steam shovel to scoop up as many beans as possible in a given amount of time.

The machine measures the amount of beans moved, and rates the player's skill at the end of the game.

The crane is operated for amusement only or to compete against friends. It does not vend prizes.

It was built with a converted Deopke steam shovel toy to make it actually operational by the player.

See More Information on the Williams Crane from another web site.


Price is $5995 plus shipping


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or call Ken on 202-213-1585 (10 am - 9 pm east coast time)


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Exhibit Novelty Merchantman Crane

circa 1930s. Made by the Exhibit Supply Company. The crane is fully working. It has not been restored but it features a new mirror in the background.

Price is $4500 plus shipping

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Exhibit Rotary Merchandizer

circa 1930s. Made by the Exhibit Supply Company. Great skill game.

The Rotary Merchandizer has a large turntable with a hole in the middle that begins to spin when the player drops a coin into the slot.

Toys and other merchandize rotate around until the player pushes the button on the front cabinet.

A large pusher arm swings out and hopefully pushes an item into the center chute.

You then open the large prize door to get your winnings. This is a great skill game that will provide fun and entertainment to all.

There are Additional Photos from another web site.

Price is $3850 plus shipping

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History of the Digger or Iron Claw

The Iron Claw Machine, also known as the Crane and the Digger, is a miniature model of an excavating construction machine. It is still one of the most popular coin operated machines ever made. It combined all of the best features of a coin-op machine into one machine. It was a gambling machine (you could win a prize), it was skill machine, it was a vending machine (frequently the prize was intermingled with peanuts or candy), and it was highly attractive.

It provided the fascination of seeing moving machinery operate, it created a sense of anticipation and excitement as players and viewers alike watched the claw capture a prize and then disappointment if the prize fell out of the claw's grip before depositing it into the chute. The possibility of winning a prize provided the incentive to keep playing. Satisfaction was assured by always giving a player some candy.

Unlike other arcade machines which were popular at the turn of the century, the digger did not come into being until around 1915. The digger reached the height of its popularity during the 1930's. Yet despite its popularity, only 32 different types of diggers were made during the thirties. The manufacturers making the most diggers were the two well known arcade machine specialists, the Exhibit Supply Company and the International Mutoscope Reel Company.

Prior to the 1930s, the iron claws were all mechanical requiring the player to turn two cranks to operate the claw. After the 1920's , the claws were electrified to speed up the play, to lessen the possibility of rough handling, and to make it easier to play. The electrified machines operated as follows:

The person playing the machine first picks out the prize he wants; then he turns the locator wheel to the approximate position (front, center, rear) that he wants the claw to drop. The player then puts a nickel in the slot, which starts the machine. The claw automatically turns to the position chosen, drops down, and grabs a few pieces of candy and sometimes a prize. The claw then raises, swings back over the opening and drops the contents of the claw into the chute. The complete operation takes only ten seconds.

Most iron claws were floor model machines incased in attractive wood cabinets. Traveling carnivals used counter top iron claws and even had specially designed cases that were used to ship the machine and at the same time used as a base for displaying the machine.

For a list of Diggers for Sale, scroll to the top of the page.



Previous Sold Items

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Chicago Coin Steam Shovel,








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