Clock collecting from a beginner’s perspective

Welcome to my first blog post.

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm
                                                                             Winston Churchill
wall clock
OK, so it’s a Chinese clock but it works

I regard myself as a clock collector and tinkerer. I am not a trained horologist nor do I have a unique talent for clock repair or even getting a simple clock back to working order, but I find the world of horology to be quite fascinating.

It is a relatively new hobby for me which began with the purchase of a Daniel Dakota time and strike wall clock in 2012. Why start with a Chinese made clock which most would consider inferior to almost any other clock in the world. It was cheap, it piqued my interest in collecting and repair and it was something to practice on. I then moved on to a Ridgeway grandfather clock and to my current collection of Mauthe, Seth Thomas, Hermle, Forestville, Sessions, Smiths Enfield, Muller and Pequegnat clocks.

Arthur Pequegnat kitchen clock, known as the “Fan-top”

My blog will profile clocks in my collection both vintage and antique as well as describe my attempts at repair. Along the way I will seek advice from you, the reader, from clock forum sites and whatever information I can find online.

Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock

Clock collecting is a great conversation starter and it allows me to combine my other passions, photography and traveling (and now, writing). Locating good clocks means traveling around the province of Nova Scotia and Canada, meeting interesting people along the way and is some cases getting that one-of-a-kind deal.

Most photos on this site are my own. Photos from other sources will be given full credit. I will try to capture the beauty of these old mechanical wonders and anything about their provenance will included as well.

Forestville Westminster chime
Forestville Westminster chime mantel clock

Stay tuned. It is all a learning experience and as I bravely go further into the hobby I hope to share my frustrations and my successes.

As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”.

7 thoughts on “Clock collecting from a beginner’s perspective

  1. I am extremely impressed together with your writing talents as neatly as with the layout
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    1. Thanks for coming to my blog. I don’t get any money for my blog. I write because I am fascinated with clock collecting and repair and I also get to meet a lot of very interesting people through the blog.


      1. Really lovely and interesting blog. Would love to hear your comments on ansonia, Hermle and Seth Thomas clocks. I know they are 2 american and one German but do give your inputs as well as your opinion on which is the best and most reliable of the 3


        1. I have an article coming up on a Seth Thomas. Have you read articles on my Ansonias? Use the search box to find them. My only Hermle is a movement in my grandfather clock but I am sure more will come along. The three are close in reliability and none can be considered the best. There are higher end clocks in all three companies and those would be the most reliable and also the most desirable.


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