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Harper Cigarette machine

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 1:30 pm
by sinah96
Hello

I am a new member on here and I am seeking some advice.

I have a Harper Vending (please see attached photos) and I don't know what to do with it, is it worth restoring or just sell it as it is?

Thanks Mark

Re: Harper Cigarette machine

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 2:39 pm
by special when lit
They normally fetch a few hundred quid on ebay.

Re: Harper Cigarette machine

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 7:48 pm
by treefrog
As with everything, condition and completeness impact value. Your machine is the middle sized 3 column version, so more practical than the larger 4 slot version. It is missing the glass advert below and the clock in the middle as well as glass. The clock can be replaced as the Smiths clock used were also used in mantel clocks and do come up for sale. Other key element is the state of the metal and plate which would cost a fortune to sort if bad, but if it cleans up presentable, then would make all the difference. Artwork a little more tricky to replace, but see below link where these machines have been discussed and you will get an idea of what should be at the bottom.....certainly looks worth saving and down to you if you want to keep and make good.....

Harper Vending Machines

Re: Harper Cigarette machine

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 8:57 am
by gameswat
Sell as is, there are so many parts in that thing and once you start pulling it apart you open a can of corroded worms! Unless you really know what you're doing then best to leave it to someone who does know and has the knowledge and required skills. Sometimes it works out well to mildly clean up pieces like this first to show the good points, but that also can bite you in the arse when things like the plating that is there flakes off and ends up looking worse! Also sucks when you find major flaws you didn't know where there to begin with, because if you're honest then that will have to be pointed out to the buyer. Replating is the killer these days. I pretty much just stay away from buying anything that needs much plating and stick to pieces with a good aged patina that I think look way better anyway.

Re: Harper Cigarette machine

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 12:16 pm
by pennymachines
I don't think I can add much to the advice above. These are eye-catching icons of thirties design, but they're large and weighty, lack utility and are peripheral to amusement machine collectors' interests. For those reasons, their market may lie more with interior designers, looking for a style piece to dress a pub, club, hotel or trendy apartment. Finding such buyers may not be easy. Two fine cigarette vendors went unsold last month in the auction rooms, including a remarkable 6 column Harper vendor with the scrolling advert display and a BMR model.