RE: [PPLetterpress] How to price Metal &Wood Type?
- It is typical for a printer going out of the letterpress business to hold a
well announced sale at his shop. Metal type is generally sold by the pound
in its case. Recent sales have been about $1.50 per pound. Spacing
material is less. A rare antique font could be sold at a higher price.
Cases are generally $8 or $10. Wood type is by the font and prices depend
greatly on the condition and style of the font. A decorative 19th century
font could fetch several hundred dollars. Newspaper headline gothic would
be much less.
You should also contact dealers such as John Barrett or Dave Churchman who
might be willing to buy the entire lot, or at least what you cannot sell
Your location is key to getting buyers. You should also be able to provide
an inventory listing as there is much more interest in good body types
(Caslon etc) and decorative fonts than in the workhorse types used in the
final phase of commercial letterpress printing (e.g. Brush, Bank Gothic,
From: twerner2004 [mailto:twerner2004@...]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2004 12:35 PM
Subject: [PPLetterpress] How to price Metal &Wood Type?
I am a former commertial printer. I kept the letterpress stuff when
I sold my business 3 yrs. ago. I am now interestd it selling all of
it. How do I go About it and how do i price the type both wood and
metal and the type cabinets? Do I separate the type from the
Any imput or interest would be appreciate.
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