Tick Talk Tuesday #19 – what is my clock worth?

Unknown tall case clock
Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from you, the reader, concerning your clock, issues you might have had, challenges you face or a clock you would like me to profile and my responses to your questions with advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circles for the best possible answer

CT asks, “Could you tell me if the attached is worth anything? Thank you.”

My reply, “It certainly looks old but it may not be. There are a number of questions that must be asked to determine its value. You may or may not have the answers.

  • Does it have provenance; is there a particular history that might give it a value such as previous owners, a prominent location?
  • Does it have unique features that make it rare or desirable?
  • Who is the maker of the clock, where was it made (country of origin) and when was it made?
  • What condition is it in and is the clock complete; are all parts original?
  • Does the clock have a label, trademark, or name? Clocks that have an identifying label or trademark are more desirable than those that do not.

Unfortunately, in this unpredictable market, it is almost impossible to determine the value of a clock. What you think your clock may be worth may not align with what the experts say and what others are willing to pay.

Without knowing anything about the clock, one such as this that is in fair condition, of unknown origin, parts or pieces missing is not worth much more than something in the $200-300 range.”

The eagle on the clock face suggests that it is likely a low cost, mass-produced American clock.