What should I look for in an antique clock?

There are many reasons to own an old-fashioned clock. They can add a feeling of elegance and history to a room that is unmatched by modern-looking clocks. Furthermore, collectors always enjoy owning something unique, and what makes for a better antique than a stately clock that has been keeping time for 100 years? After all, to truly be considered an antique, an item must be at least a century old. (For that reason, an old-fashioned clock is not necessarily also an antique clock - an important distinction to keep in mind.)

While making the decision to purchase an antique clock can be easy, finding the right one for your home can be hard. Reaching out to clock experts, such as the team at Chelsea Clock, can help make your search easier. If you want to get started by researching on your own, however, here are the top recommendations for what you should look for from our experts at Chelsea Clock.

1. The Name of the Company or Clockmaker

There is a lot of value in a name. For example, many manufacturers can make a watch or a car that looks like it was made by a famous luxury brand. What sets a prestigious item apart from a copycat is whether it was legitimately made by that renowned brand.

The same is true of old-fashioned and antique clocks: When you want to add a truly special clock to your home or office, you want to know that it's authentic. When shopping for an antique or vintage clock, always try to learn what company or clockmaker manufactured it and get verification if possible. For example, Chelsea Clock offers a Certificate of Origin for any Ship's Bell Clock ever produced by the company, so owners can have verification that it is a genuine Chelsea Ship's Bell.

2. The Condition of the Clock

Time affects everything in life, and clocks are no exception. While a well-made clock that is carefully preserved can last for centuries, buying anything that was made 20, 50 or even hundreds of years ago will usually mean it exhibits some wear and tear.

Part of the charm of vintage or antique memorabilia is the history associated with it. However, you should make sure you have a thorough understanding of the condition of a collector clock before purchasing it. It's also a good idea to learn how to take care of antique clocks if you plan to own one.

3. The Style and Design of the Clock

The regal designs of old-fashioned clocks can inspire joy and admiration in everyone, young and old. Even so, carefully consider the purpose you want the clock to serve and the ambiance it will bring to your office or home. As attractive as a clock may be, everything from its style to its color could clash with your décor or the mood you're trying to create in a particular space. Think about what size clock would work best in the space as well. Once you've decided on the physical characteristics you'd ideally like the clock to have, you can narrow down your choices.

Shop for Old-Fashioned and Antique Clocks at Chelsea Clock

If you're looking for an old-fashioned clock, there's no better place to go than Chelsea Clock. Founded in 1897, we are one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious clock manufacturers in the United States. For over a century, we have been making and repairing beautiful clocks that are revered around the world.

We offer antique and vintage clocks restored by some of the world's finest clockmakers. We also have a wide range of clocks that are newly made but feature traditional, expert craftsmanship. With a variety of styles, sizes and finishes, you're sure to find the right clock for you.

Contact us today or browse our inventory for the perfect old-fashioned or genuine antique clock to add to your collection.