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Mills Melon Bell

Postby edgeCity » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:55 pm

Does anyone have a foto of the original Mills Melon Bell? Not the HiTop from the late
Forties, but the older style (HalfTop) from the Thirties.
I read that this was the slot that introduced the watermelon on the reel strip.
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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby Anglobritish » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:37 pm

3a. Mills Melon Bell page-3.jpg
3a. Mills Melon Bell page-2.jpg
Hi,
Find attached a page from the brochure of the low top Melon Bell that was first introduced by Mills in 1937

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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby Dave » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:43 pm

I am sure you can find one that is painted correctly at www.AntiqueSlotMachinePriceGuide.com

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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby rtmccurdy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:32 pm

There is one in Cherry Restorations "for sale" area on their website (might be restored vs. all original looking at their photos---www.oldslots.com). Robert
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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby JHSS-1944 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:58 am

Cheery restorations had at least 2 for sale , both unrestored. sales not so good, sitting on a lot of unrestored machines, money tied up in them ,ect.,ect.
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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby SLOT DYNASTY » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:12 am

Although not the most impressive looking, this is an original paint scheme. The dark pink, is closer to a wine color.
Many of the restored ones you see, are using medium and light pink, with a little more green & blue. They look
better, but not sure if they are yet another color variation that Mills used, as I do not have any original color ads
that shows color variations. Another thing that looks better, but is not correct, is that some restorers will paint
the cherries along the bottom in red, which is not correct. they are green, as shown here.

Also note that the ad above, (which is an artists drawing, and not always perfectly accurate to the real thing),
shows this model without the full circular burst, which does not look good at all.

Mills 10c 'Bursting Cherry-Melon Bell' (orig)1.jpg
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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby Anglobritish » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:29 am

3a. Mills Melon Bell page-4.jpg
3a. Mills Melon Bell page-3.jpg
3a. Mills Melon Bell page-2.jpg
3a. Mills Melon Bell Front-1.jpg
Hi,
The original color as stated in the brochure is Violet, it was advertised as the most popular color to men, see the attached description from the original four page brochure that was put out by Mills, perhaps they decided to change it before they went into production, I will go through my copies of the Mills monthly magazines "Spinning Reels" and see if there is any comments about this model.

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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby edgeCity » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:56 am

Thanks, all.
Now all I have to do is FIND one!
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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby bkrsdoz » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:07 am

I searched CL and found this one in Wisconsin.
It is all original except for the reel strips, and front jack pot lock.
It took me a while to figure them out, as I am no expert!
Paint is original along with matching numbered rear door lock.
I wanted one to complete my collection of Bursting Cherry Bell's.
There is one for sale in Rhode Island on CL right now.
I'm not sure of the originality, but it looks right.
I wanted all 10 cent machines for my grandchildren to have fun with.
Good Luck with you're search.
I'm sure you will find a nice one.
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Re: Mills Melon Bell

Postby markymarkuk » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:57 pm

Are Cherry Restorations (oldslots.com) still in business. Appears their website no longer exists?
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