Antique and Vintage Clock Collecting & Repair

Collecting, repairing, restoring antique and vintage clocks and a little horological history

Why I Collect Clocks

Trundle wear

Trundle wear on a lantern pinion


This is a hobby that has come to me relatively late in life. I have had a fascination with old clocks over the years but always considered them to be curious but impractical. After all, quartz clocks have been around for a while, are very accurate and who needs relics from the past? Apparently I do!

In 2000 my wife and I were traveling around Nova Scotia and stopped in a little village called Blockhouse. We found an antique store which is no longer there, walked in and never intended to buy an antique clock that day but left with a Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock (circa 1910). It looked like it was worth many times more than we paid for it. We left the store thinking we had stolen it.

Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock circa 1910

Shortly afterwards I learned that thousands were made and the price we paid at the time likely reflected its true value. The clock came home and sat on our piano and looked great. For a couple of years I wound it up religiously and marveled at its beautiful case and the sound of the strike on the hour and half hour. I then ignored it. I took a second look at it some years later, wound it up and felt that it was made to run and have kept it running ever since.

Daniel Dakota wall clock, one of Tempus Fugits more popular models
Daniel Dakota wall clcok, made in China

Later on when we found a Daniel Dakota wall clock at a thrift store in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. I knew at the time and know now that these cheap Chinese clocks are worth practically nothing but I cleaned it up, eventually took it a apart several times for practice and successfully re-assembled it. It is running well to this day. Next, came a Ridgeway Hamilton Country Westminster chime tall-case clock and then more mantel and wall clocks followed.

Ridgeway Hamilton Country, tall-case clock

In the past 5 years I have collected over 65 clocks, many of which are running daily and a few are in various states of repair and rehabilitation. I have a good sense of the value of most common clocks and I purchase only those that I wish to retain in my collection.

During my clock journey I have acquired a wealth of information on clocks of all types and have met fascinating people along the way.

I am also building up a small collection of Canadian made Arthur Pequegnat clocks but realize that they are difficult to find and pricey. I now have seven Arthur Pequegnat clocks, the last of which is the Moncton, a 15-day wall clock I purchased in the summer of 2018.

Arthur Pequegnat Moncton 15-day wall clock

Most of my clocks are North American. A few are German, British and French.

I am now learning how to maintain, repair and restore clocks. Over the course of the last 5 years I have purchased the necessary tools and equipment to further my hobby. Will I fix and sell clocks? No, it was never my intention to make any money from this hobby.

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