American Gingerbread Clock (Kitchen Clock) (#031)

The American Kitchen clock is distinctively characterized by its ornate wooden case design. Also known as a Kitchen Clock or Gingerbread Clock, they were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to their affordability, which was made possible from mass production. They are primarily distinguished by their ornate wooden cases that […]

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400 Day Anniversary Clock (#030)

Also known as “Torsion Pendulum Clocks,” American Aaron Crane invented and patented the first 400 Day Anniversary Clock in 1841. In 1879 German Anton Harder also created and patented one. Known as Anniversary Clocks or 400-Day Clocks because they can run for an entire year on a single winding. Winding occurred on a birthday or the […]

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Antique Clocks of the White House (#029)

The White House has an impressive display of Antique mechanical clocks – American, French and English – throughout the tourist accessed areas. Many have been in the collection since 19th Century Presidents walked the halls of the White House.  In all, there are about 86 antique mechanical clocks throughout the White House.  These pictures are only those […]

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Wonder what R=A on a Clock Pendulum means? (#028)

Wonder what R=A on a Pendulum means? There is some disagreement on the exact origin and language. Many believe that it originates from 18th century French and Vienna Clocks, and was later adapted by German Black Forest clockmakers.  For this reason you tend to see many 19th and 20th century German clocks using this style […]

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Antique Clock Price Guide and Information

Valuing a clock’s selling worth is not hard to do, but can be inaccurate, and is entirely at the mercy of an unpredictable market. Learn more about what effects a clocks value by reading post #025, What is my Clock Worth? Start by researching eBay and other auction results (sold). Consider these “sold for” results […]

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Caring for a Mechanical Clock: the Basics (#027)

Learn the Basics in Caring for a Mechanical Clock. On the practical side, you should know the basics of clock ownership, otherwise be willing to pay someone else to do it.  To keep your clock happy, functioning, and preserved, there are a few front-line things you can very easily learn to do yourself and avoid […]

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French Ormolu Clock: Cleaning, Caring and More (#026)

What’s the best way to clean a French Ormolu Clock? Ormolu is gold-coloured alloy of copper, zinc, and sometimes tin on bronze. Don’t even think about using an off-the-shelf metal polish. That may remove the “gold” leaving the bronze exposed and can become tarnished. One good DIY formula: dish soap, warm water, a cupful of […]

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Wag on the Wall Clock: Almost a Grandfather Clock (#024)

Have you heard someone refer to a clock as a “Wag on the Wall Clock?”  There’s some prevailing misunderstanding about what is a “wag on the wall” and if it’s a type of clock. A “Wag on the Wall Clock” is essentially an uncased weight driven mechanical wall clock with an exposed Dial, Pendulum and weights […]

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Free Book: A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches and Bells by Edmund Beckett Denison

Edmund Beckett Denison published this in 1903: A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches and Bells by Edmund Beckett Denison *This book is Free to download and has no copyright restrictions. Click here for the: PDF Version. It should be understood that this professes to be a rudimentary treatise in the sense of teaching the principles of horology, […]

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