Harper Vending Machines

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treefrog
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Big old beasts, but great looking. Think the clocks were Smiths electric sentric clocks octagonal in shape, would be tough to replace as seen a number of these missing them. You never know they may have put the same clock into domestic use in a different frame, so work searching and asking sizes when you see similar...
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Managed to get some photos today. Looks like the certificate has perished unfortunately.
Been trying to get some info on the history of this machine. I know the building it was in was once a fish and chip shop. Looks like it was called 'Cawthornes'.
Not in a position to refurb so looking to sell. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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ilovemyjukebox
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It all looks to be there and doesn't look to be in too bad shape. Has the screening on the glass below perished or is that just dust and grime.

these are big old girls as you know and take up a lot of room therefore not everyone's cup of tea. I have a bit of a soft spot for the floor standing art deco machines. There was one on eBay a while ago complete if I remember including the clock where the seller was asking over £1000 for it and it sat there for quite a while. Don't think it sold.

In lovely condition in the right auction they can make a few bob. Something to do with "up cycling." by these yuppie types.

I already have a four column machine and would be interested in yours for the stand and a coin mech. So not sure I'd be your best option.

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That 1000 pound one was a 3 slot version, so slightly more desirable and of course smaller as well as complete including working clock, Harper's polish kit and keys.....

Your best bet is to stick it in an auction or on flea bay and see where it goes... Looks like the graphics have perished on the glass which is a shame.
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I have a harpers machine
It has harpers on the top
Which I forgot about till reading this post
Kodac small type with a worn label inside
I think 40s but was it a shilling for film in them days
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Yes unfortunately the writing on the glass has perished. Have had a look at the 3 column one on ebay, have also seen a 2 column in perfect condition which sold for over £6000 at Christie's last year (wishful thinking!)
Have a local dealer interested but will try my luck on ebay i think, need a bit of space in the garage!
Thanks for everyone's advice and info on this. !!THUMBSX2!!
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HI! No luck selling on ebay. Guess it's a bit of a niche item. Looking to sell on here and open to reasonable offers if any of you are interested?
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I bought this very machine and am refurbishing it at the moment.
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Thanks for the pictures.
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Boy that is one big chrome job and looks great. I think the machines were more of a nickel plate as they always seems more dulled. This certainly will stand out. Are you going to attempt the artwork as well? !!THUMBSX2!!
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