Whats your fortune

Once an old penny in placed in the chosen month copper slot, the penny passes through a simple weight distributed swing arm hinge trap that releases the pull system. The customer would then have been able to obtain their fortune in the form of a card telling them a horoscope or message.


We are proud to offer a unique and very rare early 20th Century English fairground penny fortune telling machine. A hand-crafted example made from copper, wood, mirror and glass. Hand painted graphics and completely original in form and beautiful example as you can see. This example would have originally been placed in either a fairground or pier environment to provide entertainment to customers. This rare example is a true survivor from the early 20th Century, in fully working order. Pennies would collect in the bottom tray and would be collected securely via a lockable hinge swinging front door. This machine can be opened from the front and the reverse of the machine. A highly decorative and one of the rarest fairground items in our store at present, you won’t find an example in fully working order as this one.

Size in inches approx.: H 20” x W 20” x D 9”

Units: 1

Age: Early 20th Century

Origin: United Kingdom

Item Condition

This item shows lots of age, wear and tear in the form of patina across the wooden sections, flacked hand painted surface and copper metal sections. The internal mechanism is aged but works fine, the swing arm secure lock is fine also. There is corrosion and rust in the penny collecting tray, mirror windows, lock mechanism, paperback signage, there is a bottom wooden section missing but this doesn’t affect the decorative look of structural stability of this item. The reverse section originally had a lock and key, this is no longer present and is just a flat wooden section that comes of when tilted. This item has had much use and is over 100 years old so expect aging across the whole item. Photos provided show the age and condition as best as possible, however please propose questions where unsure before making a purchase.


Please get in touch in advance of a purchase if you based outside of the UK to clarify P&P on this item as this varies dependent upon your global location. Global shipping is possible so please view all shipping details as explained. With items of this fragile and rare nature we always recommend recorded/tracked postage with adequate insurance cover. This may cost a bit more, but at least you are covered from accidents that may take place whilst in transit.


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We aim to ship your purchased item in 2 to 3 working days. The item is packed well and shipped via Parcelforce or Royal mail. Additional to this we used a few carefully selected couriers in the UK to deliver our most fragile or larger item. The courier option is applied at the buyer’s cost, so please get in touch with us directly for further information.

Cancellation / Refunds

We are unable to refund any item which is purchased unless the item is different from what is described in the advert stated. We go to a lot of effect to ensure our customers are happy with their items and purchases. Therefore, we strongly suggest the customer consider the purchase/view all pictures and close ups and propose as many questions via email before a purchase is made. We do no refund our customers if they choose to change their mind about the purchase unfortunately, we will however offer a full refund of the item (excluding postage) if the item once received is not as described, this however can only take place within 48hr of the item being received by the customer. Once an item has been received and if a cancellation has been agreed by The House of Antiques management team, the customer is liable for the cost and insurance of postage if the item needs to be sent back to us in London.

Our Promise

We believe in what we do, deliver what we say we will deliver, and make sure that our unique items are presented and delivered as we would expect them to be presented and delivered to us. Customer service and satisfaction is as important as the item itself and we believe therefore our customers keep coming back for more beautiful and unique item to decorate their lives with.


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What Our Customers Say

When asked, the seller, Harry, provided another picture of this charming object next to something small (a pear) so I could better visualize the scale. He was gracious and warm throughout our brief correspondence. While it was too late to get the train here by Christmas day, with an added challenge of a strike in England and foul weather here, I was stunned when he found a way to get it to me TWO DAYS before Christmas! It must have traveled on the Hogwart’s Express!

Private Client, USA

© The House Of Antiques 2016 - 2022
Company No: 1099539 | VAT No: 406788763

© The House Of Antiques 2016 - 2022
Company No: 1099539 | VAT No: 406788763

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