This magnificent collection is offered for sale by R.T. James.
I am settling the esate of Mayor Ralph James of Wildwood, New Jersey and have his High Rollers Monte Carlo Collection for sale. For photos and provenance please read this website. If you would like to preview the Monte Carlo Collection - please call R.T. at 561-906-2626. It can be seen in Boynton Beach, Florida
You can own a piece of the past and give it a fabulous future
HAND CRAFTED IN THE ROARING 20's
KNOWN AS THE GREAT GATSBY ERA
"HIGH ROLLERS MONTE CARLO COLLECTION"
Provenance At Its Best - A Museum Quality Casino
(1) Black Jack Table, (1) Craps Table, (1) Roulette Table
Circa 1920's in Pristine Condition.
THIS TIME FRAME IN HISTORY IS KNOWN AS
"THE ROARING 20'S & THE GREAT GATSBY ERA!"
A set of 5 One Arm Bandit Slot Machines completes the collection
This is the only known assembled CASINO collection in the world and is truly
"One of a Kind - Unique and Rare"
In 1952 the FBI headed by J Edgar Hoover destroyed most of the gaming tables and One Arm Bandits during their crack down on illegal gambling. It is a miracle this collection surrived the massive destruction. It was hidden in the New Orleans wearhouse district untill going on display at the Bella Rose Mansion in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
The set of 5 One Arm Bandits have been together as a set since inception. They were used professionally at a world famous casino in New Orleans back in the early1950's.
This 1949 set of 5 Indian Chief One Arm Bandit Slot Machines are in 100% original pristine condition, all working and have the original coinage in the viewing panel in front of each machine. One old coin could be worth thousands. The original keys plus a spare set is included.
There is a 5 cent machine, a 10 cent machine, a 25 cent machine, a 50 cent piece machine and a silver dollar machine. They were manufactured by the Jennings Company in Chicago. Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden of the Cherokee Nation said he thought they represented the 5 peaceful tribes of Native Americans.
This collection is offered as one entity to that unique buyer that wants an authentic Gatsby Era game room reminicent to the Roaring Twenties when twisting to the "Charleston" was the popular dance of the day.
The Collection consists of a Set of 5 Indian Chief One Arm Bandits in hand carved mahogany cabinets and the 3 gaming tables:
The hand-carved Mahogany Roulette Table with the matching Black Jack Table and the Mahogany Craps Table.
Three term Mayor Ralph James acquired this collection in 1986 due to his friendship with Jefferson Parish DA Jim Garrison. He used the tables to have exclusive Monte Carlo Nights at his estate in Ponchatoula, Louisiana raising money for his favorite charities. Jim Garrison rocketed to fame when he challenged the Warren Commission on JFK's assination. Oliver Stone made a movie of the events in his film JFK.
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****An excerpt from Miami Historian, Roland Castro's appraisal reads: "Since this is a luxury item, the economy, as a whole, does not diminish the value. Just as Exotic Sports Cars, Yachts and Gulfstream airplanes can be afforded by a certain few, this is the category Mayor James' "One of a Kind" High Rollers Collection is in."
This magnificent table is hand-carved mahogany - has all the original accessories, including the dice, various denominations of chips, chip rack and cover, bakelite chip tray, coupier sticks, money box, on, off, buy, sell chips, original money paddle and much more. It is in excellent condition. It was used illegally and professionally at Club Unique also known as Cap's Place just north of Miami in Lighthouse Point. When Cap's Place was under pressure from the FBI to close down illegal gambling operations, this Craps was moved to Club Forrest in New Orleans to prevent it from being destroyed. Caps Place opened around 1928 and received world attention when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill held a series of secret war conferences right here in "Cap's Place." It isn't recorded if they did any gambling while there. What do you think? The present owner, Tom Hasis, of Cap's Place said Meyer Lansky and many other famous people played on this table. Cap's Place is still open as a resrtaurant and serves fantastic seafood.
You can own a piece of American History and give it a fabulous future!
(Affidavit of provenance, appraisals and research books are available to buyer)
Dimensions: 10' 7" in length, 4' 5" wide, 40" high
This very interesting to read on how "Craps" got it's name
In the early 1800's Bernard Marigny from New Orleans traveled to France to visit his friend, Johnny Crapaud. This game in France was called the "Dice Game." Mr. Marigny liked the game so much that he had a table shipped to New Orleans for him and his friends to play on. This is how the "Dice Game" was introduced to America. Bernard and his friends called it "Johnny Crapauds Game." It was later shortened to "Craps" for Johnny's last name. Bernard was a wild gambler. There is a street in the French Quarter named after him.
* Page 89 - Taken from the Historical Record at Fontainbleu State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana.
** After this table was used at Club Forrest in New Orleans and hidden away for many years, Mayor Ralph James and his wife Rose were taken to an exclusive "Louisiana Hunting Lodge" along the Bayou to see it. A deal was made and this magnificent table was relocated and graced the floor of the Bella Rose Mansion in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
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Circa 1920 Roulette Table with Original Ivory Ball
This mahogany Roulette Table is on hand-carved bear claw feet. It is from the Great Gatsby Era also known as the "ROARING TWENTIES." It is in pristine condition and has all the original accessories with it including the ivory ball and the original money box and the original key. It is the exact mate to the Black Jack Table. It was used professionally with it's Black Jack Table at Edward R. Bradley's Beach Club in Palm Beach before being relocated to his casino interest in New Orleans. In 1926 Mr. Bradley purchased the Fair Grounds Race Course. The "Colonel E.R Bradley Handicap" is named in his memory and is raced annually in January at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Mr Bradley owned Idle Hour Stock Farm and had 4 Kentucky Derby winners. Affidavit of provenance, appraisals and research books are available to buyer.
(Dimensions: Roulette wheel 31" wide, Table 5' wide, 8' 9" long, 43" at the narrow point, 35 1/2" high).
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CIRCA 1920 BLACK JACK TABLE
This Black Jack Table is made of mahogany with hand-carved bear claw feet and is from "The Roaring Twenties" - also known as The Great Gatsby Era.
(Dimensions: 40" wide, 6' long, 37" high).
It is in magnificent condition and is the perfect mate to the Roulette Table from the same era with both having hand carved bear claw feet. These two tables have never been separated from each other and are in mint condition. They were first used professionally at E.R. Bradley's Beach Club in Palm Beach before being moved to his casino interest in New Orleans. Affidavit of provenance, appraisals and research books are available to buyer.
Affidavit of provenance, two appraisals and research books are available to buyer
Recent appraisal and research books on this collection were done by Florida State Historian, Roland Castro.
Mr. Castro was a celebrity guest appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and has traveled all over the world seeking knowledge and history on all exclusive art forms.