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Tips In Caring For Antique Clocks

Jun 9, 2008
Antiques are usually quite profitable in collecting, but the antique clock business in particular is especially profitable. Anything from the grandfather clock to a German made mantel clock can fetch high bid prices at auction. But caring for the antique clock in question is another story entirely.

Anything from the mantle clock to the pendulum antique clock will incorporate a system of pulleys, gears, and mechanical pieces in order to tell the time correctly. Because these fine inner pieces are prone to rust and corrosion, its important to keep the gears working by winding the antique clocks where applicable. This keeps the clock both working and in good condition.

There isn't much need to worry about the health of an antique clock on a constant basis- they usually stay put and don't get into too much trouble. But one of the most potentially damaging things an antique clock can go through is when it is being moved. Any type of dent or scratch can ruin the prestige associated with an antique clock- making it worth much less as a result. Thus, it's a good idea to remove any belt buckles or any jewelry before moving with care.

Another good point to make in the handling of a clock is while dusting it. Dusting an antique clock is required to keep the surface like new and devoid of any dirt and grime. But using any harsh solvents or even touching metal with one's bare hands can cause damage to a clock. In that case, it's best to use fine cloths or hand gloves to prevent any unnecessary corrosion or rust.

Humidity can be a large concern when taking care of a clock. Metal antique clocks will need low humidity environments so as to keep from corroding, or at least to slow the process. Wood antique clocks, on the other hand, will require high humidity environments so as to keep wood from drying out too easily (although this can also be remedied by using special coatings and finishes).

Lastly, it is always important for anyone with a valuable antique clock to consult their insurance agency for terms on insuring the clock. There is nothing worse than keeping a clock for the sake of memories and beauty, only to have it break or get stolen. At least with an insurance policy, antique clock owners can get a large lump sum of money in return for their misfortune.

Closing Comments

In the end, an antique clock is something that requires a lot of care. If one should ever inherit an antique clock without knowing how to care for it, a curator should be consulted immediately. There are many different rules when using cleaning solutions, moving antique clocks, and even in finding insurance. Following the previously mentioned tips will help an antique clock owner in extending the life of their investment, but only they can provide the ultimate care that is needed.
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