The Museum Buys
Unusual Antique Office Machines & Collectibles Made Before 1920
After Long Hunt, Museum Curator Bags 1886 Pencil Sharpener
The Museum is interested in buying certain types of antique 19th century and other old
office equipment. Please review both lists on this page
before contacting us.
This page identifies office collectibles we purchase, and then identifies some vintage
office items we do not buy. For example, we do not buy any office furniture,
safes, or rotary duplicating machines. If you have something for sale that
matches our interests, please send an email to the Curator.
Pre-1920 Office Antiques that the
GENERAL: We buy
uncommon antique, old, vintage, Victorian, early office machines, devices, gadgets, contraptions, and collectables
that were made before 1920 and that weigh less than 25 lbs. However, there are
exceptions, so please continue reading.
Notice: We are
looking for items in good condition, that is, complete and working (apart from the fact that ink may be
dry) and without significant damage. If we are
interested in an item, we will ask you to verify that it is working, to
describe any damage, and to email photos that clearly reveal
the condition of the item so that we can confirm completeness and condition. You must agree to give a full refund if
upon delivery an item has undisclosed damage, is incomplete, or is not
working and we return the item to you.
MECHANICAL PENCIL SHARPENERS:
We buy all types of antique, old, early, vintage, and patented mechanical pencil sharpeners made before 1920 that
have mechanisms that sharpen pencils in unusual ways. For examples, click here.
ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENERS:
We purchase old sharpners made before 1950. For examples, click here.
STAPLERS & OTHER PAPER
FASTENING DEVICES: We purchase antique stapling
machines and old paper
fastners made before 1910. For examples of ones we buy, click here.
We also purchase Hotchkiss Aristocrat staplers. We do not
purchase Bump or Clipless paper fasteners.
We are interested in buying small & large check punches, perforators,
and writers made before 1910. For examples of the types of punch,
perforator, protector, writer and other check machines that interest us, click here
and here. We are interested
in certain Defiance check protectors even if they weigh over 25 lbs.
We are not interested in any machine with the name Todd, Protectograph, or
SEAL PRESSES & DATING STAMPS:
We purchase unusual ones made before 1900, even if they weigh over 25 lbs. For examples, click here
buy unusual index and other typewriters made before 1910, such as those illustrated here,
here, and here.
However, aside from the earliest models we do not purchase typewriters that weigh over 25
lbs. We do not buy common
upstrike (e.g., Remington), front-strike (e.g., Underwood or Royal), or Oliver
We are interested in old copying and duplicating devices made before 1880, other than letter
copying presses. For examples of the type of copier and duplicator
that interest us, see the earlier items on the following
page: Copying Machines. We do
not purchase any type of rotary duplicating machine.
We buy all brands of antique tabulating card punches made before 1940 that
you have for sale. For examples,
We buy wood-cased machines (but not shaving machines) in very good condition
that you are selling. For examples, click here.
ADDING & CALCULATING MACHINES:
We buy small adding & calculating devices made before 1910 that you
would like to sell. For
examples, click here. We buy larger machines if they were made before 1905 or are
unusual. We do not buy Burroughs, Dalton, Monroe, Victor, or Wales
We buy unusual antique bent-wire paper clips, early Challenge brand eyelets,
vintage Bates B-50 stapler refills, strip staples made by Hotchkiss or other
companies, and staples for Acme desktop staplers.
We are interested in buying vintage illustrations & photographs
including postcards showing office interiors and equipment, and business
college classrooms, from before 1940. For examples, click here.
We purchase old books, catalogs, manuals, brochures and magazines with illustrations of early office
equipment from before
Old Office Equipment that the
Museum Does NOT BUY
Are Listed Below. (Also, we have no information
on current prices of these antique office items or who might be interested in
buying such vintage office items that you have for sale.)
OFFICE FURNITURE & SAFES
ROTARY DUPLICATING MACHINES
ADDRESSING MACHINES & OTHER
MAIL ROOM EQUIPMENT
TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH EQUIPMENT
CASH & OTHER REGISTERS
SMALL NON-MECHANICAL DESKTOP ITEMS
SUCH AS PENS, PENCILS, INKWELLS, & PAPERWEIGHTS
PAPER OFFICE SUPPLIES
EXCEPT AS NOTED ABOVE, ITEMS MADE
AFTER 1920, ITEMS THAT WEIGH OVER 25 LBS, OR ITEMS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE OR
NOT WORKING OR HAVE DAMAGE THAT WE CONSIDER SIGNIFICANT.
If you have an office antique that you
would like to sell, please send an email to the Curator.