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.
Three term Mayor Ralph James acquired this vintage "casino" 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 assassination. Oliver Stone made a movie of the events in his film JFK.
****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."
(Affidavit of provenance, appraisals and research books are available to buyer)
Circa 1920 Roulette Table with Original Ivory Ball
This mahogany Roulette Table was acquired at World Renowned Rau Antiques in New Orleans. It 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. Both tables were first used in Palm Beach at E.R. Bradley's Casino which operated from 1898 - 1945
(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.
Recent appraisal and research books on this collection were done by Florida State Historian, Roland Castro. He has agreed to participate in making an exhibit an exceptional recapture of a by gone era.
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.