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Purchasing Antique Clocks For A Collection

Jul 16, 2008
There are a number of extremely important factors to consider before purchasing any type of antique clock. It does not matter if a collector plans on purchasing only a few clocks to their collection or filling up an entire room of their home with these amazing antique clocks.

The variety of factors that need to be considered when purchasing any type of antique clock, or any type of clock for that matter, are the price, the size, and the condition. The price may be the most important considerations when purchasing any type of clock, whether it is an antique or an other type of clock. The use of a pricing guide can help collectors in determining the fair price for clocks, which can be at time priced quite higher than they have been professionally appraised at.

It is also extremely valuable for collectors to research the recent prices that particular clocks have sold for so they will be able to develop a pricing range of what to pay for certain clocks. Collectors should also take special care when assessing the condition of these antique clocks to be sure that they are looking at them objectively.

Collectors may locate antique clocks at a variety of flea markets, antique stores, and even at conventions. The National Association Of Watch And Clock Collectors, Inc., also known as NAWCC, sponsors national conventions for collectors who interested in collecting clocks or watches. At these conventions collectors are able to learn more about antique clock and different ways of buying, selling, and trading these collectible clocks, which are held in different areas throughout the year.

Collectors who focus on there collections on antique clocks might become interested in learning about the restoration process of different antique clocks. Of course, in the majority of cases it will be necessary that the collector have all repairs and restorations be performed by a more experienced professional. The more knowledge a collector is about the item or items they are collecting, then the easier it will be for them to make the necessary decisions when it comes to making recommendations about their collections. Collectors always need to ask questions and can learn a great deal of information from asking the right type of questions. When having your antique clocks restored make sure that the individual has a reputation of being a reliable individual, which will keep your antique clock safe from being destroyed.

Purchasing antique clocks to add to your collection also means that these clocks must be maintained regularly through inspection and lubrication to ensure that the clock remains in proper working condition. This process should be completed at least every two years and it is advisable that any antique clock should undergo an overhaul at least every seven years by a qualified professional. When your antique clock is being lubricated and inspected the condition of its movement should be carefully examined to see if there has been excessive wear or if there are perhaps other indications that the clock is in need of repair.

After the collector or a qualified professional has inspected the clock to ensure that all working mechanisms are in good working order, then each pivot and point of contact within the clock should be carefully oiled with a formulated oil. A qualified professional will provide the owner of the clock with a report concerning the condition of the clock after they have inspected the clock.
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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 antique clocks.
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