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This is an introductory book that combines the history of timekeeping with a guide to the basics of antique clock collecting. Clear line drawings illustrate the rudimentary details of clock mechanisms and the evolution of their cases. This is an essential text for the antique clock enthusiast.

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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.

This issue's theme: "Time Marches On"
Volume 10 No. 3


Quality First
Talk to antique clock collectors or dealers or repairers about E. Howard & Company’s clocks, and they’ll all agree that Edward Howard put quality first. Howard was a Boston area clockmaker who struggled to keep various clock and watchmaking enterprises afloat during the 19th century and never compromised quality for profits.
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Time in Your Pocket
Today, wristwatches are as ubiquitous as flies on a summer day. But at the turn of the 20th century they were only a novelty. Back then, most men, and many women, carried a pocket watch. And unlike many of today’s wristwatches, these personal timepieces have stood the test of time. For many, pocket watches have a heart and soul all their own and recapture the romance of a bygone era.

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The Sound of the Old World
Everyone knows the familiar sound of the cuckoo clock on the hour and the half hour. There’s something unique about that sound—not the harsh bim bam of some clocks or the loud chime of others, but a soft cuckoo, cuckoo.
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Wristwatches Worth Collecting
The wristwatch has been around for nearly 150 years. For much of that time, they’ve represented some of the world’s most accurate timepieces. Today, the function of the wristwatch has been taken over by smartphones and fitness bands, but the beauty of those old watches remains and in many cases they’ve kept on ticking.

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Acquiring Quality Antique Clocks
Not every old clock is worth collecting. In fact, collecting clocks can be a challenge because of the amount of space they take up. So people who do collect them are very particular.
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The Museum of Time
by Bob Brooke

The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum is a sprawling complex, consisting of a Visitor Center, the workshops of the Heiss Coach Works, a carriage house, a repository or showroom, and the Heiss’ home, all a few blocks off the main road through town.
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The Rise and Fall of the Mercury Barometer
by Bob Brooke

Many inventions happen by accident. So it was with the mercury barometer which Evangelista Torricelli, a physicist and mathematician from Florence, Italy in 1641 originally intended to measure elevation rather than predict the weather.
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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt



A men’s Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar chronograph watch, a large neoclassical bronze sundial sculpture by Anna Coleman Ladd (Am., 1878-1939), and an Expressionist rendition of the Pieta by modern artist Jurij Solovij (Am./Ukraine, 1921-2007) will all be part of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Fine Art & Jewelry Auction on Saturday, July 22nd.                                      Read all about it

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Bowers Watch and Clock Repair of Atlanta, Ga. for their expertise in helping to make this special edition on time possible.