The rare early 20th century cast iron silhouette with small opening and cast concentric bullseye rings concealing a back-side mechanism with pendulous hammer that, when struck by a shooter's bullet, would in turn strike a steel ball resting in a short channel. The ball would then travel through the channel causing it to tilt downward toward contact points where it completes a circuit and activates a light, or buzzer, or both, to delight the patron and bystanders. The work of H.C. Evans or F.C. Mueller, Chicago, IL, the figure is an unfortunate caricature often seen at the beginning of the 20th century. To find this shooting gallery target in old paint and complete with mechanism is very rare. It is illustrated in an undated Evans catalog in numerous galleries, including Gallery S and in an undated Mueller catalog on Gallery A-12.
Pictured on page 64 of Sellers' book (Figure 5.3).
Displayed on custom iron stand.
Measures 14.5 x 9.75 x 1.25 inches, excluding stand.
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Very good original condition with bright old enamel paint, there are no issues of damage or repair, light wear at some edges. Mechanically intact and good working condition.