A rare Bryans 'Retreeva' machine, circa 1946,
Lot 173W
A rare Bryans 'Retreeva' machine, circa 1946,
Sold for £2,100 (US$ 3,529) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Bryans 'Retreeva' machine,
circa 1946,
No. 58,
on 1d. play, with 5-balls-to-win mechanism, the captive balls travelling up tube escalator to small pin run to the first of the two pairs of moving forks with the top set for reward pit having black backflash and the bottom retreeva ball gulley with red backflash, period title and instruction legends flanking central path, part-painted chrome appliqués, in imposing stepped and pyramid-form case in the Art Deco taste, with key - 33in. (84cm) high


  • The addiction-appeal of playing a vintage game doesn't get better than this. Upon failing to get a ball into the winning gulley at the top, one has a second chance of catching it at the bottom and so-forth, with unlimited chances.

    Only 179 of these Retreeva machines were made and although this example has had some well-undertaken restoration to the case and has been converted in 1971 following the change from £sd to decimal, it is good working example of this very sought-after model by Bryans.