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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Fairfax & Roberts brass port hole clock, Diameter 31cm
Jun 04, 7:00 PM AEST
A Fairfax & Roberts brass port hole clock, Diameter 31cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD37514 Bids
Arch Top Clock with Mirrors and Cupids
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Arch Top Clock with Mirrors and Cupids
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $150- $200
$1256 Bids
Green glass clock in the form of an open umbrella (h.15, w. 18, d. 18 cm)
Jun 05, 8:00 PM AEST
Green glass clock in the form of an open umbrella (h.15, w. 18, d. 18 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD304 Bids
Stainless Steel Clock in nickel finish (23 x 22 x 5 cm)
Jun 05, 8:00 PM AEST
Stainless Steel Clock in nickel finish (23 x 22 x 5 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD253 Bids
CHELSEA SHIP'S BELL CLOCK & BAROMETER
May 28, 11:00 AM EDT
CHELSEA SHIP'S BELL CLOCK & BAROMETER
by Westport Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3753 Bids
Stainless Steel Clock in nickel finish (h 18 x 17 x 5 cm)
Jun 05, 8:00 PM AEST
Stainless Steel Clock in nickel finish (h 18 x 17 x 5 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD202 Bids
Mixed Lot of Folk Art Items
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Mixed Lot of Folk Art Items
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $50- $100
$252 Bids
Large 7-11 Illuminated Clock
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Large 7-11 Illuminated Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Oak Store Regulator Calendar clock
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Oak Store Regulator Calendar clock
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $150- $250
$252 Bids
Marine-Chronometer
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Marine-Chronometer
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF200- CHF250
CHF2002 Bids
stained glass Dolphin tide Clock by Mike Joyce artist
Jun 16, 6:30 PM EDT
stained glass Dolphin tide Clock by Mike Joyce artist
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $200- $500
$251 Bid
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BRASS CARRIAGE CLOCK 20th Century Height 6".
Jun 14, 9:30 AM EDT
BRASS CARRIAGE CLOCK 20th Century Height 6".
by Eldred's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A mahogany and brass-mounted four-day marine chronometer,
Jun 11, 10:00 AM BST
A mahogany and brass-mounted four-day marine chronometer,
by Sworders
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,6001 Bid
Barometer Springfield Ships Chronometer Box On Stand
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Barometer Springfield Ships Chronometer Box On Stand
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
SEIKO Special Collectors Edition "Brand New"
Jun 02, 11:00 AM EDT
SEIKO Special Collectors Edition "Brand New"
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $150- $300
$301 Bid
Nautical Copper Diver's Helmet Clock
Jun 01, 2:00 PM EDT
Nautical Copper Diver's Helmet Clock
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $300- $400
$2400 Bids
Jeweled Noble Horse with Clock Trinket Box Figurine
Jun 04, 9:00 PM EDT
Jeweled Noble Horse with Clock Trinket Box Figurine
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $210- $310
$1100 Bids
WESTERN BRONZE CAST 'WARRIOR' CLOCK
Jun 01, 3:00 PM PDT
WESTERN BRONZE CAST 'WARRIOR' CLOCK
by Mega International Auction
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$3,0000 Bids
17" Polished Chrome Ship Decorative Porthole Clock
Jun 18, 9:00 PM EDT
17" Polished Chrome Ship Decorative Porthole Clock
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $420- $520
$2200 Bids
18" Premium Wood and Chrome Pirate Ship Wheel Clock
Jun 07, 9:00 PM EDT
18" Premium Wood and Chrome Pirate Ship Wheel Clock
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$1100 Bids
Regulator Ingrahm Octagon Schoolhouse Clock
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Regulator Ingrahm Octagon Schoolhouse Clock
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $150
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Clocks - General


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