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Clocks - General

Collectors researching antique clocks for sale online will come across some familiar names over and over again. These include Morez, Morbier, Cartier, Kenzle, and Jungans, to name a few. These distinguished clocks hold their value for centuries, while fine clocks from modern makers have made a name for themselves as well. Clocks sought after by collectors come from a variety of traditions out of France, Germany, Switzerland, and America.

Comtoise clocks, originating in the Morbier region of France, are provincial weight-driven clocks. Also known as Morez or Morbier clocks, these clocks took over the clockmaking tradition of France in the 19th century. Cartier clocks are the other French-born timepieces under the watchful eye of collectors. Cartier began making clocks during the Art Deco period. The chic table and travel clocks bring anywhere between $500 and $515,000 at auction.

Kienzle was one of the leading German clock companies from 1883 until taken over by a holding company in 1999. Some Kienzle clocks were automotive or aviation clocks. A chrome pivoted clock resides in the collection at the Museum Victoria. Vintage Jungans clocks are some of the most collectible from the Black Forest, made of hardwoods and featuring intricate engravings. In the 20th century, Jungans merged with other clockmakers including Lenzkirch and Gustav Becker, producing Gustav Becker clocks under the original name until the '30s. The Swiss have also produced many notable vintage and modern timepieces including Imhof clocks and the Schatz 400-day clock of the '50s.

In America, clock manufacturing blossomed in the New England area. E. Ingraham clocks were shaped like acorns, beehives, and miniature Gothic cathedrals. The popularity of black mantel clocks made from onyx, slate, marble, iron, and wood led to the production of the Seth Thomas adamantine clock beginning in 1882. Sessions mantel clocks include the black mantel clocks of Welsh design from 1903 to 1930. Waterbury clock models often incorporated brass, as Waterbury evolved from a brass manufacturing company. Most American clockmakers produced a variation of the popular gingerbread clocks, which were both aesthetically pleasing and affordable.


Quick Facts

  • An E. Ingraham walnut calendar clock sold for $306 at an auction by Skinner in 2011
  • A rare, limited-edition Imhof silver-gilt mystery clock with rock crystal, lapis lazuli, and mother of pearl circa 1985 sold for $12,087 at an auction by Sotheby’s in 2014
  • A lapis and nephrite jade Art Deco Cartier clock sold for $221,000 at a Doyle New York auction of the estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl in 2013

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A brass carriage clock with key
Dec 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
A brass carriage clock with key
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD2605 Bids
BRONZE KEY WIND CARRIAGE CLOCK. VINTAGE. HAS KEY.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
BRONZE KEY WIND CARRIAGE CLOCK. VINTAGE. HAS KEY.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $80- $120
$1255 Bids
Watchmens clock and stations
Dec 11, 9:00 AM EST
Watchmens clock and stations
by Olde Tyme Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$223 Bids
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VINTAGE ORIGINAL KUNDO 400 DAY CLOCK - RUNS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
VINTAGE ORIGINAL KUNDO 400 DAY CLOCK - RUNS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Champleve Mantle Clock,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM AEDT
Champleve Mantle Clock,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD140- AUD220
AUD1201 Bid
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PENDULE D'ÉPOQUE RESTAURATION
Dec 15, 2:00 PM CET
PENDULE D'ÉPOQUE RESTAURATION
by Artcurial
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1,4001 Bid
A collection of shell ware and a shell encrusted clock
Dec 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
A collection of shell ware and a shell encrusted clock
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD201 Bid
Vintage Benruss Golden Clock-Radio , Works, EC, 4" x 6 1/8" x 7 3/4"
Jan 15, 1:00 PM EST
Vintage Benruss Golden Clock-Radio , Works, EC, 4" x 6 1/8" x 7 3/4"
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
TABLE CLOCK.
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
TABLE CLOCK.
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €500- €600
€5000 Bids
Lighthouse Clock & Stepping Stone
Dec 12, 2:00 PM EST
Lighthouse Clock & Stepping Stone
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$160 Bids
Astronomische Tischuhr des Meisters Hieronymus Syx (1680 – 1726)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Astronomische Tischuhr des Meisters Hieronymus Syx (1680 – 1726)
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €450,000- €550,000
€450,0000 Bids
Bakelite Tabletop Clock
Dec 15, 10:00 AM EST
Bakelite Tabletop Clock
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $300
$10 Bids
Bakelite Mantel Clock with Blue Detail
Dec 15, 10:00 AM EST
Bakelite Mantel Clock with Blue Detail
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $200
$10 Bids
7 MATCHING CARVED DINING CHAIRS 19TH C
Dec 15, 9:00 AM CST
7 MATCHING CARVED DINING CHAIRS 19TH C
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $200
$900 Bids
J. PURDEY & SONS A MODERN CARTRIDGE DISPLAY CLOCK with cartridges from 1923
Dec 08, 10:30 AM GMT
J. PURDEY & SONS A MODERN CARTRIDGE DISPLAY CLOCK with cartridges from 1923
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £400- £500
£4000 Bids
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Morganite, Green Beryl and Enamel Clock by Manfred Wild--'The Temple of Poseidon Clock'
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
Morganite, Green Beryl and Enamel Clock by Manfred Wild--'The Temple of Poseidon Clock'
by Bonhams
Est: $150,000- $250,000
$150,0000 Bids
Erotic leather-cased automated travel clock
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Erotic leather-cased automated travel clock
by Hidden Treasures Antiques & Fine Arts
Est: $750- $1,000
$5000 Bids
Bronze Clock With Hand Painted Enamel Panting
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Bronze Clock With Hand Painted Enamel Panting
by Hidden Treasures Antiques & Fine Arts
Est: $300- $400
$2000 Bids
Faberge Imperial Skeleton Clock
Dec 15, 12:30 PM PST
Faberge Imperial Skeleton Clock
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,8000 Bids
Phelps & Perry 8 Day Enamel on Bronze Clock
Dec 15, 12:30 PM PST
Phelps & Perry 8 Day Enamel on Bronze Clock
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
MIXED COLLECTION OF GOODS SHELF LOT. WOOD BOAT, ENDURA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
MIXED COLLECTION OF GOODS SHELF LOT. WOOD BOAT, ENDURA
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $120- $160
$800 Bids

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