A Guide To Collecting Clocks: Preservation, Buying And Other Tips

Collection, preservation, buying tips and care of antique clocks.

The first step for the novice clock collector is to educate yourself on the types of clocks out there. You can find many helpful books and guides at your local library and bookstore. The internet is another useful place to find information on collecting and price guides for different clocks. The internet also provides an invaluable opportunity to connect with other collectors.

Choosing what clocks to collect is different for everyone. You may choose to collect clocks from one specific maker. Clocks made in a certain era or country. You may even choose a clock on aesthetic value alone. The choice of what clocks to collect is as individual as the clocks themselves.

Locating and buying clocks for your collection can be a rewarding experience as long as you know what to look for. Educating yourself on the different makes and various parts of the clock are essential before you plan on shopping. You may want to bring a reference book with you the first few times you shop.

American and German made clocks are highly collectable these days. French clocks are sought after as well. Be aware that French clocks are usually harder to repair and refurbish than others. You can find an abundance of clocks in many antique stores, flea markets and at auction. Some of your best finds may be from a junk dealer or yard sale. People often rid themselves of very nice clocks just because they stop running.

A very important thing to look for when buying is how original the clock is. Is the outside casing all original? Do the fitting all match or have some been replaced with parts of another clock? Knowing what to look for inside the clock is just as important. Many clocks have been in a repair shop at some point in their lives. Ask question of the seller about previous repairs. Are all the pieces and movements original or have they been refitted? Original pieces make a dramatic difference in the value of your clock.

Proper care of your collection at home is crucial to the longevity and beauty of your timepieces. Here are a few things to remember after your purchase.

1. Avoid direct sunlight when you can. This causes discoloration and harms the wood.

2. Do not use harsh cleaning products. They can scratch and lower the value of your clock over time.

3. A wax job once or twice a year on the wood should be sufficient for the outside.

4. Bring your clock to a reputable dealer after you first purchase it for a thorough cleaning and lubricating. If unused for a long period of time dust and grit can get into the mechanisms and harm a clock.

5. Keep wood clocks out of damp areas, as many lovely pieces have been needlessly ruined due to wood rot and warping.

6. This one may seem simple but it is very important and happens far too often. Do not over-wind the clock. In addition, if the clock is run by weights, keep it on a level surface.

Some people enjoy working on their own clocks rather than taking them to a repair shop. There are many classes available on clock care and repair. You can find a local class by asking your local clock dealer or by checking with a clock collecting association in your area.

Clock collecting has become increasingly popular over the last several years. Clocks are more than a showpiece on the mantle. They provide a service as well as add a touch of history to our everyday lives.

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