While working on one of my latest acquisitions, a Junghans Hunsruck mantel clock, memories flooded back to the first Junghans clock I ever owned, a Junghans Crispi wall clock, that I still have to this day. It was a humble box of parts when it first came to me, but I was determined to bring … More My most recent Hunsruck Clock evokes memories of my first Junghans clock
Antique clocks have been an integral part of human history, and they continue to be cherished by collectors and enthusiasts alike. However, in a world where digital timekeeping is more prevalent, what does the future hold for antique clocks? While it’s true that the digital age has brought about significant changes in the way we … More The Future of Antique Clocks and Relevance in a Digital Age?
Tick-Talk Tuesday is dedicated to addressing readers’ letters and comments related to clock issues, challenges, and recommendations for specific clocks. In cases where the comments and questions are particularly challenging, I seek advice from my fellow clock enthusiasts to provide the most accurate and helpful response. JZ writes I ran across your website trying to … More Tick Talk Tuesday #48 – What to do with my husband’s old clocks
The following is revised and updated text for “Why Come Here” located on the right side top banner of the main page and repeated below for the benefit of new readers Welcome to my blog, where we dive deep into the fascinating field of horology, the world of antique and vintage mechanical clocks. If you’re … More Updated description for “Why Come Here”
Repurposing old antique clock parts can offer numerous benefits. For clock repair persons, these parts can serve as a convenient source for replacement components. All clock repair persons consider this to be a best practice because it is sustainable, reduces waste, and conserves valuable resources. Repurposing also provides an affordable means of obtaining rare and … More The Value of Saving Old Clock Parts: You never know when you may need that difficult to source part
Junghans, a renowned manufacturer of high-end wristwatches today, acknowledges their significant role in the clock industry by providing access to their catalogs to anyone interested in researching their clock production since the company’s establishment in the 1880s. This demonstrates the company’s commitment to preserving the history and legacy of their brand and allowing collectors and … More Junghans Hunsruck roundtop mantel clock – refreshing the case
Tick-Talk Tuesday is dedicated to addressing readers’ letters and comments related to clock issues, challenges, and recommendations for specific clocks. In cases where the comments and questions are particularly challenging, I seek advice from my fellow clock enthusiasts to provide the most accurate and helpful response. DH writes I am the executor of an estate … More Tick Talk Tuesday #47 Mason and Sullivan movement in a grandfather clock
Junghans, a name that is well-known to clock collectors and repairers, is not the company it once was. In recent years, the company has established itself as a prominent manufacturer of high-quality wristwatches. However, During the early to mid-20th century the German company had established itself as a prolific producer of wall, mantel, and tall … More Unboxing the Junghans Mantel Clock: An anticipated Arrival
Every time I glance at one of the vintage clocks in my collection, I am struck by the exceptional level of craftsmanship and marvel at how a mechanical device crafted over a century ago can still maintain precise timekeeping. Mechanical clocks are machines designed to measure, keep, and indicate time. Mechanical clocks rely on a … More The Inner Workings of Mechanical Clocks: How They Keep Time
As an avid antique shopper, I understand the thrill of finding a unique and valuable item, especially at a reasonable price. However, on my recent visit to a local antique shop, I found items priced far above their actual value, which was a disappointment. I expect antique store prices to be slightly higher to cover … More Tips for Antique Shop Proprietors when selling antique clocks (and other items)
If you’ve ever examined a pendulum-driven wall clock, you might have noticed a small plaque affixed to the back panel just below the pendulum. This plaque is commonly known as a beat plaque or beat scale indicator. Although the presence of a beat scale on a clock does not always indicate its value, it does … More Understanding the Function and Importance of Beat Scales in Clocks
During my article review this week, I stumbled upon my first-ever blog post from 2015 about my fortunate discovery of an Arthur Pequegnat clock in a nearby antique shop. It was an exciting experience for me, and I was thrilled to share it with my readers. This was my first Arthur Pequegnat clock whihc was … More Timeless Treasure: My First Arthur Pequegnat Clock Discovery
An often-asked question is why should I repair an antique clock if the repair exceeds its value. The decision to repair an antique clock if the repair exceeds its value ultimately depends on your personal attachment to the clock and its historical significance. Let’s talk about sentimental value If the clock has been in your … More Why should I repair an antique clock if the repair exceeds its value?
The Pequegnat name may not be familiar to international readers but it was a significant Canadian clock company that manufactured both movements and cases beginning in the early 20th century. The Pequegnat Clock Company was a Canadian clock manufacturer that operated from 1904 to 1941. The company was founded by Arthur Pequegnat a Canadian immigrant … More The Pequegnat story & the Maple Leaf series of kitchen clocks
Antique clocks are a fascinating and cherished part of our cultural heritage, valued both for their historical significance and their intricate mechanical workings. However, the maintenance and repair of these clocks can be a daunting task, requiring a great deal of knowledge and expertise to ensure their preservation. YouTube has become a popular platform for … More Navigating the Perils of Antique Clock Repair on YouTube: Why Caution is Key
Photography can be a useful tool in almost any hobby, including clock repair. While written instructions can be helpful, a well-crafted video or series of detailed still images can be even more effective. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In this article, we will explore the benefits of using any … More Photography and Clock Repair: Choosing the Right Camera and Lens
As a manufacturer today Junghans is not the same company that made mechanical clocks many years ago. In response to the demands and advancements in technology in today’s world, the company has undergone a transformation in its products. In recent years, the company has established itself as a prominent manufacturer of high-quality wristwatches. With a … More Junghans Mantel Clock: Initial Impressions Sight unseen
While it is possible to repair an antique clock with common tools, there are limitations to what can be achieved. That’s the short answer. Let’s explore this a little further. Repairing an antique clock with common household tools is possible, but it can be challenging, and it depends on the extent of the repairs needed … More Can I repair my antique clock with common household tools?
Tick-Talk Tuesday is dedicated to addressing readers’ letters and comments related to clock issues, challenges, and recommendations for specific clocks. In cases where the comments and questions are particularly challenging, I seek advice from my fellow clock enthusiasts to provide the most accurate and helpful response. It is important to respond to emails from interested … More Tick Talk Tuesday #46 – I’m looking at a grandfather clock
In a world dominated by digital devices, there is something nostalgic and comforting about antique clocks. These timepieces, often crafted with intricate designs and meticulous attention to detail, remind us of a simpler time when life moved at a slower pace and technology was not as prevalent in our daily lives. Antique clocks, with their … More The Timeless Beauty of Antique Clocks: A Reminder to Slow Down and Savour Life
Tick-Talk Tuesday is dedicated to addressing readers’ letters and comments related to clock issues, challenges, and recommendations for specific clocks. In cases where the comments and questions are particularly challenging, I seek advice from my fellow clock enthusiasts to provide the most accurate and helpful response. It is important to respond to emails from interested … More Tick Talk Tuesday #45 – what is my clock worth
Antique clocks come in a wide variety of styles, makers, and materials, and can range in price from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. Whether you’re a collector, a history buff, or simply appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of antique timepieces, buying an antique clock requires careful consideration and research. In this … More Antique Clock Buying Guide: Tips and Advice for Finding Your Perfect clock
I receive mail from folks who are often surprised the antique clock they just purchased has less value than they think when provided with an explanation. Throughout history, people have often equated age with value. It is a common assumption that an object or idea that has been around for a long time must be … More Why Age Alone Does Not Determine the Value of an Antique Clock
Antique clocks are not only valuable as historical artifacts but also as complex machines that require precise repair and maintenance. To ensure their longevity and functionality, clock repairers need to have access to advanced tools that can help them diagnose and fix various issues. From ultrasonic cleaners to digital calipers, the modern clock repairer has … More More advanced clock repair tools for the budget minded and those of you who can afford the extra cost
Bushing wear is a common issue that can occur on antique brass clock movements. A bushing is a small hole drilled into the plate that is used to support the pivots and reduce friction between the pivots and the clock’s plates. Over time, the bushings can become worn down or damaged due to friction, which … More Restoring an Antique Sessions Schoolhouse Clock: Repairing Bushing Wear and Overcoming Common Issues
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