Hawkeye Novelty Co., Iowa, c. 1940's, 15". Silent Salesmen Too says that these "cheaply constructed machines are usually found in poor condition." I don't agree; I haven't found many over the years, but those I've seen have not been in remarkably better or worse condition than have other machines of that era. I also don't think they were constructed shoddily; it's not a solid cast iron machine, but it's also not a piece of junk cobbled together by a bored fifth grader.
Base and lid are made of sheet metal, and the mechanism itself---at least from what I can see---looks also to be made of sheet metal. The globe on the example pictured above is made of plastic, but I've seen a glass globe on a 1 cent machine.
Silent Salesmen Too also mentions variations in the placement of the handle and coin entry, and shows one variation with a coin return. I don't know whether these variations were sequential or concurrent. It seems likely that the plastic globe is later than the glass globe, but that's about the only evolutionary likelihood I can figure out.
The example above is 100% original and works smoothly and reliably.
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