How Clock Features Condition And Affect Value

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If you are considering buying or selling a clock, you should be aware of factors that will likely increase or reduce a clock’s value. The amount of increase or decrease of value depends on the individual clock. Consult a professional for an appraisal.

Features that increase value:

1. Unique motion (for example, a girl swinging on a pendulum)

2. Unusual shape (such as an acorn, banjo, or figure-eight clock)

3. Uncommon case material (like marble, onyx, exotic wood veneer, marquetry, or intricately shaped metal)

4. Distinctive strike (quarter hour, half hour, chime, music, and cuckoo)

5. Visible pendulum, escapement, or balance wheel

6. Carved wooden or metal applications on cases

7. Moderate to deeply pressed designs on wooden cases

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Conditions that lower value:

1. Worn, replaced, or repainted dials

2. Replaced hands, pendulums, and weights

3. Repaired or replaced movements

4. Damaged, repainted, or replaced glass tablets (panels)

5. Completely refinished cases

6. Faded, stained, or torn labels

7. Repairs to cases, such as replaced veneers and filled holes

8. Repairs made to porcelain and marble clocks


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