Clock Collecting: Prices, Face, Packing And Mechanisms

Learn all about clock collecting! Clock collectors value both working mechanisms and the face and packaging of old clocks.

Collecting clocks is a timeless hobby, where you can enjoy your treasure for both face value and for functionality.

It doesn't necessarily matter if the timepiece isn't in working order. Much of the value stems from the clock's time period and appearance.

American wall and shelf clocks are a favorite among collectors. From 1840 to 1880, these clocks came in a myriad of shapes and styles, including banjo, double decker, acorn and beehive. You will find many of these had unique features such as reverse-painted or etched-glass panels. A real find is locating an original card within the clock, often bearing the name of Seth Thomas or Chauncy Jerome, two of the main producers of the American Wall clocks.

Everyone loves the charm of the cuckoo clock. Many cuckoos originated in the Black Forest of Germany up until World War II. When investigating older cuckoo clocks, look for unique qualities such as moveable wings and beaks. The more unique the timepiece, the higher the worth.

Interesting in collecting on a smaller scale? The watch and alarm clock market has unique design trends for each decade. You can sometimes determine the date of the watch by checking for inscriptions or engravings on the outer case. The most prized designs come from such collectors as Piguet, Mercier, Baume and Rolex.

Thrift shops, auctions and junk stores are a great source for locating clocks. Keep a sharp eye out at garage sales for collectible clocks, watches and timepieces. Many people simply discard these treasures because they no longer work. Even if the piece doesn't tick, it doesn't matter since the face is timeless!

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