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Why purchase a vintage clock

Why Purchase A Vintage Clock?

Antique collectible clocks are an investment in history. They allow you to benefit from the splendor of old world skill and the beauty associated with their work.   A modern digital clock on your night stand plays the radio to wake you up.  However, this cannot compare to the gentle chiming sound or bell that is heard from your living room, alerting you to the time in a soothing musical way.  That is what an antique clock is all about.  They are different in the world of antiques, in that they are an actual functioning bit of art.  At least they should be, since they are a timepiece as well as a showpiece.

Antique clocks are furniture. They adorn your home in a special fashion.  The longcase clock was actually derived from a wall hanging pendulum clock, with the case added to close in the pendulum. Since then, the longcase clock has become a form of art in itself and is highly coveted by antique collectors and clock enthusiasts. As is the case with any type of furniture, there are many things that determine its worth and appeal; especially its life, workmanship and appearance. Top quality longcase clocks from the 1700’s have been known to have values of around $500,000.00.

In the past, the grandfather clock or longcase clock as it is sometimes called was everywhere.  In those days, the houses had very high ceilings, so there was no problem setting it up in the living room or hallway.  However, today, the ceilings are much lower. Therefore, if you are interested in buying a longcase clock, be sure to check the height of your ceiling and the measurements of your front door.  You want to be able to bring it in without damage.

However, if you want a smaller collector piece, a vintage mantel clock will undoubtedly enrich your household both in elegance and value. Picture a small mantel clock that can fit on the mantel piece or shelf, adding allure to your home and increasing in worth through the years.  It is the perfect family heirloom.

Mantel clocks are usually put on a shelf or on top of a fireplace, and therefore, are pretty small and lightweight.  The antique mantel clock is different from the vintage wall clock, whose movements are upward set on the back board.  Mantel clock movements lay on a seat board.     Some old-fashioned mantel clocks, in particular, the French styles, are ornately adorned pieces. They are wound by a key and also have a swinging pendulum. The vintage French mantel clock is very elaborate, with many of them featuring little angelic figures.

In conclusion, there are many different types of vintage clocks to choose from.  Any style would be a lovely addition to your home decor.  However, if an actual vintage clock is out of your price range, you can always purchase a nice antique clock replica.

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