An antique wall clock represents a certain historical moment in time. As time passes, these works of art increase in value and are then auctioned off and sold to people who will appreciate them.
How to spot a genuine antique wall clock: Although you may be surrounded by wonderful things that look real and have an antique feel too, you often cannot tell if you're looking at a fake or a replica that is being passed off as the genuine article. However, there are ways of finding out if a particular wall clock is genuine or not. Here are a few ways of checking them out:
· If the antique clock you're looking at is in a wooden case, look for the original finish. Check that the dial is in good condition. If it has a paper dial, it should have no cuts or stains nor should it be dark.
· If you're looking at a porcelain dial, it shouldn't be chipped or cracked. Examine the case and dial closely before buying.
· To check the condition of the clock mechanism, swing the pendulum just a little. If it runs for five minutes and stops, it could need a routine service. But if you don't hear the tick-tock sound of the clock, it means there's a spring broken. This could entail an expensive repair job.
· You can also find out the date of your clock by looking at reprints of catalogs, beginning from the 1850s and going up to the 1930s. If your clock is listed there, you can gauge its age.
There are some excellent genuine antique wall clocks you can acquire.
The story goes that in 1986, when the Voyager aircraft flew round the world, Mission Control depended on a reputed brand to show them the time. Both pilots of Voyager, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager were presented with watches and Mission Control had 24-hour clocks all over the aircraft, including this one being put up for auction. This clock is 16" in diameter and has a glass face with Synchron movement.
Another gem from Composite Foam Wall Clock, circa 1980. It is made entirely of composite foam, and is part of the brand's memorabilia. It is 18" in diameter and has been converted from plug-in to battery operated.
Lastly, there's the Pan Am Extra-Large Wall Clock, circa 1960. This work of art is a plug-in wall clock and was hung at Pan Am's headquarters in New York. This clock measures 20" in diameter and is in mint condition with its original dial, movement and hands. It was manufactured for the watch company by Hanover Manufacturing, Inc., Ohio. If you're a vintage wall clock freak, you must own antique clocks.