Antique wood clock

by Dr. Lori Verderame

When considering clocks, always consider condition when assessing value. Original and quality clock works made in strong and high quality materials like brass and durable clock cases made of solid hardwoods are important when assessing a clock’s overall value.

Like many decorative art objects, clocks relate to architecture. Vintage or antique clocks are cherished collectibles and many of their forms mimic the form of famous buildings or other structures. Your favorite mantle clock or tall case clock may relate to the history of architecture and design, even bridges. Some of the most popular clock forms resemble forms found on cathedrals, churches, and prominent bank architecture.

One example of how a mantle clock resembles architecture is the late 19th/early 20th century New Haven Clock Shoppe mantle clock made in New Haven, CT. The form of this clock’s case was inspired by the gothic arches from cathedrals dating back to the middle ages. In the late 19th Century, these gothic arch forms were reintroduced during the gothic revival period in buildings and in one of the famous American bridge structures, the Brooklyn Bridge.

What to Look For

Look for brand names like New Haven Clock Shoppe, Hamilton, Ansonia, Waterbury, Patek Phillippe, Rolex, Bulova, Seth Thomas among others. Many of the most prominent manufacturers produced clocks as well as period watches that bring high values today.

If you have a mantle clock, be sure to wind it regularly and do not over wind it. The clock should be cleaned on a periodic basis by a professional. Enjoying your clock will help you to retain its value and keep it in working condition. A clock needs to retain its original pendulum and key in order to retain its value. If you are having a clock cleaned, be sure to retain the original key.

Request an online appraisal of your clock from Dr. Lori.