The game "On Me" was manufactured in the 1920s and comes in the original box, which is structurally sound but has quite a lot of wear to the graphics on one side.
The real treasure of this find is a mechanical Bakelite and brass device that works perfectly. It's a lovely, very Deco item that spins numbers at the turn of the lever.
The vintage game includes the gaming device, an oilcloth playing surface and the original “On Me” box, labeled “A Fascinating Game for Young and Old” and the company name “The Imperial Brass Mfg. Co. Chicago Ill.”
The green Bakelite gaming device is styled after Art Deco architecture and is lovely as a conversation piece on its own. The brass base is marked “On Me” on the side, and a lever on another side spins two reels within to reveal numbers or the wording “On Me” through two viewing windows. It is 3 1/2 in. tall, 3 1/2 in. wide and 3 in. deep. It's in mint condition. The bottom of the device is labeled “ Made exclusively for House of Gadgets Inc. NY."
The game board is heavy-duty green oilcloth measuring 14 in. by 14 in. The numbers 1 through 8 are printed on squares along with one “On Me” square. The center square is labeled with the instructions “Play your favorite number. When “On Me” appears on the dial, banker takes all checks and the player on the number shown on the dial becomes banker. The cloth is bright and in good condition however there is some wear to the fabric at the folds. Instructions are on the board.
The box is original to the game and in fairly good condition with the exception of the tearing to the paper on the outside, as shown in photos.
The Imperial Brass Mfg. Co. actually manufactured a variety of items including bathroom fixtures, sad irons and fire extinguisher devices.