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Rare 1940 Jennings Master Chief 10c Antique Slot Machine - All Original For Sale

Rare 1940 Jennings Master Chief 10c Antique Slot Machine - All Original

Nation's Attic

1940 Jennings Master Chief 10c Slot Machine!

Up for sale is a classic and truly unique slot machine made by O.D. Jennings of Chicago, Il. This machine, made around 1940, is called the Master Chief and takes dimes. During the late 1930's and early 1940's Jennings made a large number of slot machines called the "Feature Chief's". These Chief machines were made in all kinds of styles with in most cases one consistent feature, the ultra reliable internal Chief mechanism.

During this time period and probably even today, slugs or fake coins were a big problem for slot machine operators. In areas of the country where large manufacturing was present, slugs were an even bigger problem. Small round pieces of metal the same size as a nickel, dime or quarter could be stamped out quite easily with the right tool. Since the advent of the slot machine it has been a cat and mouse game between the slot machine makers and cheaters.

Jennings decided to make a slot machine that would incorporate a 1940’s state of the art mechanism for detecting slugs. The only problem was the mechanism was somewhat large and bulky. The only place to put this extra part was right on top of the machine. If you look at the photo you will see a huge tower on top of this machine. A dime would be put in at the top and it would then travel through a fairly complex mechanism until it reached the main slot machine mechanism, which also had it’s own anti-cheating devices on it.

This mechanism did work, but operators never really purchased this machine. First, the coin takes quite a lot longer to travel into the machine, therefore slowing down play quite a bit. The extra mechanism would also reject perfectly good coins to often as well. After just a short run of a few months Jennings stopped selling this model, making them quite difficult to find today.

This machine we just got in is an all original example that works perfect! It was found on Oklahoma where it has been since the 1950’s. All of the original rare parts are still inside the machine including the original numbers matching mechanism. This machine comes with a great back story, classic early 1940’s appearance and it has been professionally tuned up and ready to enjoy.

Nations Attic is my (Don Creekmore) full time business in antique slot machines. Take your time viewing all of the photos and information below. If you have any questions feel free to email or call - 316-371-1828. If you have a machine that is in need of repair or restoration, please call!



The next two photos above give you a great idea of the overall very nice original condition this machine is in. All of the original paint is still on the castings. The blue, red and whites still have a nice deep color to them. The front castings are free of any cracks or breaks as well.

The center casting around the reel window was originally chrome platted and is made of cast iron. The upper castings and lower castings are made of cast aluminum. The original chrome on the center casting is in fair condition but does show wear from years of use.

All of the glass on the machine is in great original condition. The original award plate is in fine original condition as well. The oak cabinet on the machine is in great condition with the original Jennings logo still present on the handle side. The right front edge and back right edge of the oak base does have a small mounting hole in in.

The original "light bulb" handle is present and is also in great condition. The Master Chief top sign and 10c badge are present and in great original condition as well!

The next series of photos show the back and inside of the machine. The original back door is present with embossed OD Jennings logo in the center. Inside the machine the original cash box is present and in great condition. The back bonnet is complete with the exception of one missing right latch. The latch is gone as it appears the two pieces of aluminum that the mounting latch screws go into is gone. Regardless, the left latch is present and the bonnet locks onto the cabinet just fine.

All of the original hardware is present inside the cabinet. The handle has been lubricated as well as the handle pump. The photo directly above also shows the slug detection mechanism inside the machine. Jennings also lined the inside of this machine with drill proof plating - which is fairly unusual for this company!

The next two photos above show the two locations of the serial numbers. This machines number of 141514 dates it to 1940. The inside of the cabinet retains some of the original inspection tag. What's remaining of the tag shows almost all of the serial number. On the back edge of the mechanism is also the same serial number. This proves that the mechanism started out with this cabinet from the Jennings factory!

The last two photos show the mechanism out of the cabinet. As you can see, the mechanism is in excellent condition. We have given it a full tune-up and testing and it works great. The original factory reel strips are still present and look very nice. The jackpot dumps just as it should and payouts are accurate within 1.

If you have been looking for a really neat and fun antique slot machine, this one should really be considered. The Master Chief has a great back story as to why it was developed. Since they were not made for long, probably only a few months, very few appear on the market now. Here is a chance to own an untouched original in perfect working order!
Don Creekmore - Nations Attic

If paying by PayPal this machine will only be shipped to a PayPal confirmed shipping address. If you are outside of the United States, it can only be shipped using UPS, FedEx or DHL with signature required upon delivery, no US postal service on international orders. Payment is due in full within 7 days of this sale ending.


If you have any questions please feel free to email or call me (Don Creekmore) at the Nations Attic at 316-371-1828. I am a full time dealer so feel confident in your offer and purchase.

Due to the laws regulating the sale of antique slot machines, I, as the seller, will not sell to members in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee. offers from members residing in any of these states will be canceled.


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