Mills Novelty Antique Slot Machine Restoration Services

As of January 2020 We No Longer Perform Restoration Services On Antique Slot Machines.

Do you have an antique Mills Novelty Company slot machine in need of restoration or repair? Nation’s Attic specializes in factory correct world class restoration of slot machines made by this company. Give us a call at 316-371-1828 or email 

Before & After!


Mills Novelty of Chicago, IL started making slot machines in the 1890's. Nation's Attic specializes in factory correct restoration of these all mechanical slot machines made from the 19th Century to 1951.


If you have Mills slot machine you are considering having a full restoration on, please contact us today. Call or Text 316-371-1828 or


So what kind of work goes into a full restoration? As the United States premiere company for the restoration of these slot machines we take our work very seriously. Each machine is carefully restored on an individual basis.


When your machine arrives in our shop the first thing we do is take a full set of high resolution photos. This allows us to fully document the machines condition, unique features and serial number before the work is started. Next a detailed set of notes are taken about the machine along with discussing any final restoration details with you the owner. When restoration begins every aspect of the slot machines cabinet inside and out is taken apart and individually restored.


Parts such as the main castings are cleaned, polished and then painted by hand as they were originally. The wood cabinet is taken apart, refinished professionally here in our shop. Trim parts such as handles and bolts are either polished or chrome plated. Back doors are cleaned and repainted, locks serviced, new glass cut, new award cards installed. There is no detail that isn’t overlooked.


Internally the various mechanisms are taken 100% apart and either chemically cleaned or media blasted clean. This level of work is very labor intensive and requires a high level of expertise. By going to this extreme it does allow for the proper cleaning, tuning and testing of each and every part of the mechanism while it is being put back together. The result is a clean mechanism with the correct fresh lubrication applied allowing it to run properly for decades to come.  

 Once we are finished your slot machine is then re- photographed. We put the entire before & after photo package on a CD-ROM and send that to you. No other company provides this kind of world class service both before or after the work is completed. Call us today at 316-371-1828 or email . We are more than happy to provide you with a restoration quote for your machine within minutes!

How Do We Handle Transporting Your Valuable Antique Slot Machine?

Step 1
Sending You A Custom Box

All we need is a address & phone # and we will send you a custom made container with everything you will need to safely pack your slot machine.

Step 2
Fedex Pick-up

Once the slot machine is packed with provided materials, we will schedule FedEx to pick the container up. Your machine will be fully insured & tracked while in transit.

Step 3
Delivery To Our Shop

Once delivered we inspect the machine and finalize any repair details with you. We then get to work making sure your machine works like the day it was made!

Step 4
Completion & delivery

Once the repairs are completed, it's time to send the machine back to you! We professionally pack and insure your machine for safe delivery via FedEx. We schedule a delivery date to fit your schedule.

The Mills Novelty Company was started around 1897 by Mortimer Mills. That same year the company came out with the Mills Owl, an upright slot machine that allowed players to place a bet on which color the wheel would stop on. About this same time Mortimer sold the controlling interest in the company to his son, H.S. Mills. The Mills Novelty Company would go on to produce a large number of different upright slot machines well into the 20th Century.


Starting around 1907 Mills also started producing the Mills Operator Bell. This was a counter top three reel slot machine, one of the first incarnations of the type of slot machine still used today. This machine proved to be extremely popular and put the company on its way to be the largest slot machine producer in the world. Through out the teens into the 1940’s Mills Novelty would not only be the sales leader of slots, but also the design leader in both external and internal aspects. Mills by far made more slot machines than any other company by a large margin during the Golden Age of slot machines, 1931 to 1951. Mills would eventually relinquish the sales crown to Jennings in the 1950’s. Mills would stop slot machine production in the 1960’s.