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Tips On Purchasing Collectible Clocks

Jul 16, 2008
There are a variety of things that a collector should know before purchasing clocks to add to their collections. Some collectors want to add unique collectible clocks to their collections while others want to add beautiful antique clocks to collections.

There are several precautions that any collector should take before deciding to purchase any clock to add to their collection whether it is an antique clock or a more modern contemporary clock. Researching the clocks you are interested in purchasing before actually purchasing them will allow the collector to know exactly what it is they are purchasing. If a collector is unsure of exactly how much to pay for a particular clock, then by simply looking up similar clocks on-line and the prices they have sold for in the past will give you a general price range that can be essentially an asset for any collector.

Searching on-line as previously stated, under dealers of clocks and clock collectors you will be able to find information that these individuals will enjoy sharing with others concerning their own collections of antique clocks. Collectors may find that paying more to get a guarantee is worth every penny, especially when some labels might be a reproduction and the collector would purchase it as an original when it actually was not. The guarantee does ensure that the collector is purchasing an original, however, not a reproduction and that the clock will be in better conditioning also.

Several museums throughout the world have exhibitions of clocks and the majority of these museums will hand out brochures that will give up to date details of each clock that is on display in the museum, which can be extremely valuable to any collector. This information will help collectors to develop a list of question about the clocks they want to purchase to add to their collection. These question can be according the age of the clocks, the material that the clocks are made out of, the history of the clocks, or any special interests surrounding the clocks. It is always important to study the clocks before purchasing them.

When purchasing a clock that has either a label or a signature of a well known maker of clocks, then the value and the price of the clock will be much greater. Also if the clock was once owned by a celebrity or a prominent individual of society then it will be greater as well, but the collector may search for clocks like these for their collections.

Be extremely careful when purchasing an antique clock from any dealer, although the majority of dealers you deal with will be honest, there are those who are not. It may be helpful and will even protect you and your investments to ask the dealers for a written guarantee that will specify their refund policy if their claims of your purchase turn out to be untrue. A specialized clock dealer will be more prepared to offer a collector with better service and any repair if needed from the collector.

When ever you purchase a clock there may be additional fees that collectors are unaware of at first, which include transportation fees for larger clocks such as Grandfather Clocks, restoration fees, cleaning fees, maintenance fees, and insurance fees. All clocks should be checked out by a professional once a collector has purchased it to ensure that it is automatically working correctly.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant about rare coins, stamp collections, and rare collectibles. Follow these links to find the best marketplace for: rare coins, stamp collections, and collectible clocks.
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