Buying and Selling Collectibles: Antique Clocks

About the hobby of collecting, buying, and selling old and used items for fun and profit, in this case antique clocks.

Clocks. The old clock on the wall--or in the secondhand shop--can be worth big money. Wall clocks made by American factories in the 19th century weren't very pretty, but collectors like them just the same. "Banjo" models, made in the shape of banjos, bring up to $5,000. That's the value placed on a Simon Willard "banjo" from about 1805, 40 3/4" high, with a gilded eagle on top. Other prices include: $1,500 for a Sawin & Dyar of about 1822 with brass side arms, roman numerals, and painted glass front panels; $1,800 for a Curtis & Dunning circa 1815, 51" high, with the glass painted.

Black clocks are worth money, too. Not nearly as much, but a lot more than Sears, Roebuck charged for them in the 1890s. Black clocks were mantel or shelf models, with black iron or imitation marble cases. Everybody, even their most avid admirers, agree black clocks are ugly. But the prices aren't--$50 to $100 for specimens in good working condition and with all the original caseparts.

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