Tick Talk Tuesday #37 – Gustav Becker clock

Tick-Talk Tuesday

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from readers concerning clock issues, challenges faced, a clock you would profiled or 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

J writes:

Thank you for your interesting and knowledgeable articles. Funnily enough I purchased a Gustav Becker wall clock when I lived in Halifax before moving to Vancouver. As you say they are beautiful clocks –  mine graces my hallway. However, being retired and gradually downsizing, I am faced with selling many of my European clocks, so your advice is very pertinent.

Gustav Becker clock

My reply:

I am way past retirement and still collect clocks. Be that as it may we all  have to let go of things at some point in our lives.

You have essentially four options.

You can gift your clocks. I have probably gifted a dozen clocks over the past couple of years to friends, family and acquaintances. If I gift one to a family member, visit them and see the clock on display it warms my heart even if the clock is not running.

You can sell your clocks. It’s free (generally) but takes a bit of effort to photograph a clock and craft some sort of description. Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji are great for selling clocks but do your research, have a price in mind because you are going to get a lot of low-ballers.

You can consign. If you know somebody in the antique business you can sell through them. They do the work selling the clock and would, of course, require a commission.

Pack them up and store them in a safe and dry place. Perhaps someone in the future may appreciate and enjoy an antique clock.

I would keep the Gustav Becker although I would probably do something about the missing bottom finials.

Hope this helps.

J writes back;

Many thanks for your kind input! Very kind of you


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