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Bryans  Swinging Pendulum  Games

A variation on the Spinning Dial type of game was the Swinging Pendulum.  A number of pendulums would be set swinging freely.  They would all be stopped suddenly in mid-swing, and the machine would pay out depending upon the positions in which the pendulums came to rest.

Examples of Bryans Swinging Pendulums

Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure and mechanism (photo courtesy K. Hartwell)

HIDDEN TREASURE (1938)
The Hidden Treasure was Bryans most complex pendulum game, and one of Bryan's most complex mechanisms.  It was not produced in large numbers, due to its expense.  The game had four pendulums with large keys attached to the bottom.  These were painted red, white, blue and gold, and were set in motion by turning the large handle on the front of the machine.  Each key swung over four keyholes painted in the same four colours as the keys.  The game would pay out 2, 6, or 12 coins, depending upon how many of the keys were lined up with their respective colours.  If all four keys stopped in their correct positions, the player would get 12 coins, plus the contents of the Hidden Treasure chest located behind the pendulums. Click here to see a video of the machine in operation.  (courtesy K. Hartwell)
Value: £1400-2000
Hidden Treasure Operating Hints Sheet   (courtesy Simon Parkes)

Above:  Hidden Treasure and mechanism (photo courtesy S. Parkes)

Hidden Treasure mechanism

Above:  Close-up of treasure chest and keys (photo courtesy P. Barson)

Left: Cut-away version of the Hidden Treasure (from the Bryans Museum) showing the internal mechanism.  The treasure chest opened briefly during each game, to give the player a glimpse of the contents.  This may have been coins, or a prize.  (photo courtesy Paul Angel)

 

Tick Tock

Tick Tock

TICK TOCK (1962)
The Tick Tock was a cut-down version of the earlier Hidden Treasure.  This game has three pendulums instead of four.  Inserting a coin and turning the key set all three pendulums in motion, to the accompaniment of a loud 'tick-tock' sound.  Again, the game would pay out 2, 6, or 12 coins, depending upon the stopping positions of the three pendulums.  There was no skill stop on this game, unlike the hidden treasure, and no jackpot.  Value: £800-1200

Right:  The internal mechanism of the Tick Tock.  The position of the pendulums is detected by the swinging sectors near the top of the machine.  These control the height of the payout slide.
The rocking bar which produces the Tick Tock sound is near the bottom.
Tick Tock Operating Hints Sheet
   (courtesy Jim Hacking)

Tick Tock mechanism

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A note about values: These were included on the site because 80% of emails received by me are of the type "I have xyz machine - how much is it worth?". The values are based on the best information available at the time, but they are subject to large fluctuations due to the condition of the machine, the case style, and the demand for it at the time of sale.  There is no guarantee that your particular machine is worth the amount shown on this site.  All values are in GBP (£).