with other buying other antiques, you’ll need to consider the
following if you plan to make a wise purchase:
1. How much do you want to pay for the clock?
antique price guides will give you some idea what similar clocks
have sold for in the past.
2. Does the seller–antique or clock dealer–offer any
guarantees of authenticity, customer satisfaction or money back,
as well as offers of credit or time payments? Taking in the cost
of repairs, a clock guaranteed to run is worth more than one
3. Have you considered shipping costs?
Packing, shipping, and
insurance costs can add up quickly, increasing the total price
substantially. Be sure to figure them into your budget.
4. Do you have a lot of time to find the clock you want at the
price you want, or do you need to have the clock as soon as
possible? If there’s an urgent need or time limit to find a
clock, you may decide to pay more for it.
5. How long would it take to find a similar clock at a lower
price? Perhaps it wouldn’t make sense to spend another chunk of
time trying to find just the right clock for the price you want to
6. How rare is the type of clock you want?
Buying a rare clock
or one that’s in high demand may mean you’ll have to pay a
7. What condition do you require your clock to be in when you
buy it? A clock in excellent condition will sell for much more
than the same clock in average or poor condition. An unrestored or
unaltered, all-original, clock with its original case finish can
command a high price.
8. Does it still have its original glass and decorative
elements? Glass breaks and may have been replaced. Decorative elements
break off and may have been replaced or taken off the clock
9. Is the clock’s movement clean and in good working order?
While you’ll pay more for a working clock than a non-working
one, the difference will probably not be as high as getting the
clock repaired after the sale.
10. What is the clock’s provenance?
Can the seller prove it
belonged to a famous person or family?
If so, you’ll pay more for the clock
11. Does the clock have any identifying marks, such as a label,
signature, or other marking that can connect it to a well-known
clockmaker or manufacturer? If so, you may decide it’s worth
paying more for that clock than for a similar clock without such
documentation. But beware. Reproductions of old clock labels are
available on the Internet for a few dollars and signatures can be
forged. Also, antique dealers have been known to switch labels and
even works from one clock to another. Make sure you get a written
12. What resale value will your clock have?
While you may not
intend to sell your clock, your heirs might want to.