'The Owl' slot machine stars in Harrisburg auction at $15,000

A fine 19th century slot machine entitled "The Owl" will provide one of many highlights in Guernsey's The Harrisburg Auction, a seven-day sale showcasing spectacular Old West memorabilia.

The Owl slot machine
The Owl slot machine would have been at home in any saloon in the Old West

The auction, which runs from July 15-21, focuses on Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's role as the "Gateway to the West" and will sell artefacts gathered by the city in preparation for a planned museum, which was never realised.

The Owl slot machine, valued at $10,000-15,000, was patented in November 1898. A magnificent machine, it features an oak case and beautiful raised owl decoration, with its side door opening to reveal the moneybag.

The Blackfeet were a tribe of First Nations people who inhabited the prairies between Saskatchewan and Missouri

Also selling is a pair of Blackfoot beaded hide chaps and a jacket, which are both embellished with rabbit fur and beaded decorations. Selling together in a combined lot, they are expected to see $4,000-6,000.

Among the vast collection of firearms on offer is a Remington Revolver that comes complete with a beaded holster made by the Shoshone tribe, who once lived in Wyoming. It is estimated at $4,000-6,000.

Colt Revolver advertising board Texas Rangers
The board once hung in the shop of James Buchanan Gillett, a former Ranger and El Paso marshall

An advertising board for Colt revolvers holds an estimate of $2,000-3,000, bearing a specimen of the product mounted alongside "Colt Revolvers - Choice of the Texas Rangers".

Finally, a Blickensderfer typewriter that was once housed in the San Francisco office of banking giant Wells Fargo & Company will sell with a $1,000-1,500 estimate.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering an 1861 stock certificate issued by Wells Fargo and signed by William Fargo, Henry Wells and Alexander Holland.

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