Bradley stencil machines and their monetary value today
What is a Bradley stencil machine worth today?
Do you have an old Bradley stencil cutting machine lying around somewhere and want to sell it?
The monetary value of these machines today is determined by the amount of money enthusiasts are willing to pay for them.
Two questions determine the value.
1. is the machine in a condition to be displayed as a decorative exhibit in a museum or shop?
2. is the machine fully functional? Are all the punches and dies still fully functional? (All letters and numbers can be perfectly cut into oilboard.)
If both are true, a «Long Bradley» should be worth $800 to $1.500 USD. An open circular machine (Model C and D) circa 1900 or 1910 is also worth up to $1.500 USD.
Newer Bradley machines look like the modern machines and have a retail value of about $400 to $800 USD if points 1 and 2 apply. Full working Gigant models with 1¼ and 1½ inch stencil size can be worth a bit more.
For example - Long Bradley stencil machines are up for sale on ebay.com one or two times a year.
New modern manual stencil cutting machines (Marsh or Diagraph) can be purchased today for between $2.300 and $2.900 USD. Used machines range from 400 to 800 USD. Shipping and customs fees is also a big cost factor as the machines are very heavy and bulky. This can quickly add a few hundred dollars in delivery costs.
Dusty and untested condition?
Most of the time old stencil machines are in a very used, dusty and untested condition.
If your machine is untested and in a rusty or dusty condition, they should be worth in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 as a donor of spare parts only.
Almost all parts can be derusted and restored with oil, but most machines have broken punches or dies. These broken letters and numbers reduce the value enormously.