This glorious mechanical bowling machine, manufactured by Evans between September 1939 in January 1953 in several different variations, has a 3D mannequin bowler which is manipulated by rotating a chrome knob on the front of the cabinet. We believe that this one was produced around 1947 - 1948.
It really is a joy to watch the Ten Strike in action, smoothly retracting and re-setting the pins before returning the chrome ball to the bowler at the far end of the table. These pieces are now extremely rare and this example has been sympathetically restored by our experts.
Scoring is shown on the backglass using a rotating backlit score reel type device, which projects through a magnifier onto the score glass.
This really is one of the most beautiful and characterful mechanical games that has passed through our hands over the years, and is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.
The ‘mannequin’ arcade concept, in which a small moulded figure is physically controlled by the player, was originally introduced in the 1930’s and proved immensely popular right through to the early 1960’s.