Here's a great old penny arcade game for your collection. It's an Iron Claw Prize Digger Machine, made by Mutoscope in 1931. The machine's graphics picture the Empire State Building, because that's the year that the landmark was opened. The backdrop of the machine shows the "Empire State Construction Company, " while the two metal castings on either side of the prize area depict the completed building.
The game operates perfectly - and it's 89 years old. Of course, the paint on the cabinet is not original; the machine originally had a dark brown woodgrain look. Here's the backstory about the paint. The machine had been operated in an arcade/snack bar since 1946.The arcade owner told the person that the row of four old claw machines needed to be cleaned, and that he would give him dinner in the snack bar if he cleaned them. And there you have it. There are no chips or gouges in the cabinet, so it might still be possible to restore this beauty to its original appearance. The glass side panels are in perfect shape.
The nickel push chute is probably not original, but it's still old and works fine. The machine comes with the key to the front prize storage area and to the side glass panels. There's an operation/maintenance sheet inside the machine; that may be all of the paperwork that this machine ever had (an instruction manual probably doesn't exist).
I'll even include the prizes that are already inside the machine (see photos). Machine is in the basement, but it's fairly light for an arcade game (maybe about 100 pounds) and could probably be easily removed by one person with a dolly. This item must be paid for and picked up within 5 days of the close of this listing. The item "1931 Mutoscope Iron Claw Prize Digger Arcade Machine Works! (Pick-Up in Indy)" is in sale since Monday, April 27, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Arcade, Jukeboxes & Pinball\Arcade Gaming\Non-Video Arcade Machines". The seller is "the_nostalgia_guy" and is located in Noblesville, Indiana. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.