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Most people agree that there is never enough time… except those who are serving it. Nevertheless, we live by the clock, don’t we?

For a clock to be considered an antique clock it has to not only be old but must show some degree of craftsmanship. A collectible can be an antique or merely a newer clock that, because of its unique features and quality, is likely to increase in value with time. Antique clocks increase in value with the rarity of the design, their condition, and appeal in the market place. Whereas automobiles may be considered antique at 25 years old, clocks generally would need to be at least 50 years old. We found some options on eBay to assist in your search

Many different materials were used in antique clocks. Wood was popular, including mahogany, oak, pine, walnut, and cherry. Other materials included porcelain, crystal, marble, china, and metals, especially silver, iron, cooper, bronze, and gold. Gold electroplating was introduced in 1836 as a safe alternative to the dangerous use of mercury in gilding metals.

Bracket Antique Clocks: Small, portable clocks often housed in decorative cases, popular during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Regulator Antique Clocks: Precision timepieces often used in scientific or observatory settings, known for their accuracy.

Materials and Styles of Antique Clocks

Antique clocks can be made from various materials including wood, brass, bronze, and porcelain. Styles range from ornately carved wooden cases to sleek metal designs, reflecting the artistic trends of the time period in which they were made. Some clocks feature intricate hand-painted designs or elaborate inlay work.

Antique Clock Clockmakers:

Many antique clocks bear the mark or signature of the clockmaker who crafted them. Some famous clockmakers include Thomas Tompion, George Graham, and Seth Thomas. English, French, German, and American clockmakers each had distinctive styles and techniques.

Age and Value of Antique Clocks

The age of an antique clock can often be determined by its style, materials, and the type of movement it contains. Condition plays a significant role in determining the value of an antique clock, with well-maintained examples typically fetching higher prices. Rarity, craftsmanship, and historical significance also influence value.

Antique Clock Maintenance and Restoration

Antique clocks require regular maintenance to keep them running accurately. This may include cleaning, oiling, and adjusting the movement. Restoring antique clocks should be approached with care, as improper restoration can decrease their value. It's often best to consult a professional clockmaker or restorer.

Antique Clock Collecting

Antique clock collecting is a popular hobby enjoyed by enthusiasts worldwide. Collectors may focus on specific types, styles, or periods of clocks, or they may collect based on the work of particular clockmakers. Auctions, antique shops, and specialized dealers are common sources for acquiring antique clocks.


When purchasing an antique clock, it's important to verify its authenticity and making sure it's real. Look for signs of age and originality, such as patina, wear patterns, and original markings. Documentation, such as receipts, appraisals, or historical records, can help establish the authenticity of an antique clock. Remember, each antique clock has its own unique story to tell, making them not only functional timepieces but also valuable pieces of history and art.

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