Identifying an antique clock: tips & tricks

Are you planning to buy an antique clock and would like to know how to identify it? Given the many scams on sites and in shops, it is important to take certain points into account before making any purchase. To help you in your project, here are some tips that may be useful.

Check the name of the company or watchmaker on the clock

To identify the period in which an antique clocks were made, you can start by checking the name of the company that designed it on the clock. In some cases, this information is still visible on the product. In particular, it may be engraved or printed near the central face of the dial. It may also be located on the circumference of the dial. If the clock has a bezel, lift it up to see if a name is inscribed on it. If you want to see all the locations where the watchmaker’s name can be marked, click on and learn further more information. It is important to note, however, that in some cases, the name marked on the unit corresponds to the retailer who sold it and not to the person or company who built it. To make sure you don’t make a mistake in your search, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. He or she can help you determine if it is indeed a rare clock.

Use a book on the collection of antique clocks

To identify antique clocks, having one or more books on collecting antique clocks can help. In these books are thousands of brands, trade names, images and symbols that are related to antique clocks, regardless of their model or year of manufacture. Having all this information at your disposal can help you identify whether the clock you are interested in is authentic. If you are a collector of rare clocks, you can contact recognized appraisers or join associations to learn more about antique clocks and have the skills to determine which clocks are old and which are new.

Check the clock’s serial number

If you wish to date a clock, you must take into account its serial number. However, it is important to note that this number does not correspond to the numbers on the dial. It is usually visible on the movement of the clock. To check it, it will have to be removed, which is not entirely advisable. The seller may also not accept it. The safest solution is to get professional help.

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