Collecting Victorian-Era Clocks
The world of Victorian antique furniture seems a bit slow right now so I thought I’d post a bit about another niche of collecting – clocks. To be honest, I use these clocks more for effect than for timekeeping. Who wants to wind a clock every week for the rest of your life, let alone several of them? If you are decorating substantially in the Victorian era, it only makes sense to have a few of these punctuating the room.
I haven’t spend a mint on them as most of my “good” ones were inherited and the rest were auction bycatch.
The above alabaster mantel clock is made by Ansonia around 1895 and has a pair of matching candelabra. I recently had it serviced and it is working well again. It has probably been in my family since new.
Another of my hand-me-downs is this unusual Civil War clock in the form of a drum hanging in a tripod of rifles. It has the original bugle dangling separately.
And who hasn’t had one of these? A mass-produced Walnut clock in the Eastlake style. Probably would not keep time very well so I have not put it into operation.
Anyway, that’s a brief tour of a few of my clocks and if you’re looking to learn more about clocks of the era, especially those of better quality than those above, the book, “Victorian Clocks“, by Richard Good is a good one, though it will mostly address English clocks from the period. “The Standard Antique Clock Value Guide” by Alex Wescot will help you price and identify more of the mainstream period clocks.