Vegas-based sale offers 1,200 lots

 

LAS VEGAS — Victorian Casino Antiques (VCA) is kicking off 2014 with a multi-day

Finger Striker coin-op

Finger Striker coin-operated machine may claim top-lot spot at VCA.

auction at its Las Vegas showroom Jan. 18-19, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. In addition to a wide variety of vintage toys, rare coin-operated machines, retro gas and oil memorabilia, classic cash registers and fine art, VCA will also put a selection of antique pistols and rifles on the auction block for the first time in its history. In total, more than 1,200 lots will be up for bid during the two-day event.

The collection of vintage firearms up for bid includes a W.R. Pape English .22-caliber single-shot rook rifle from the late 1800s, featuring an octagon barrel and checkered grip design, in terrific condition. Another fine rifle that will be available is “The Gun That Won the West,” a Winchester Model 1873 circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration, plus a leather carrying sling case.

Of course, the hallmark of VCA’s auctions is the selection of antique coin-operated machines, and the January event is no exception. One such find is a rare one-cent Fey “Finger Striker” cast aluminum countertop strength tester from 1932.

Another noteworthy item is a five-cent Mills Novelty Co. double “Violano Virtuoso,” with self-playing piano and dual violins from the early 20th century.

Winchester

Winchester Model 1873

The auction catalog, which is filled with many more items including classic toy vehicles, neon signs and slot machines, can be viewed online at vcaauction.com. For more information, contact 702-382-2466.

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