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Encyclopedia of
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With more than 700 photos coupled with current values, this encyclopedia contains timeless information that helps both the beginning and advanced clock collector. Showcasing decades of research by clock experts, it features information on classic clocks, shelf clocks, novelty clocks, wall clocks and grandfather clocks from more than 15 companies.

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The Munich Glockenspiel is the city's signature tourist attraction. While it looks medieval, it only dates back to the early 20th century.

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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, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

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Ooh, La La, C'est Magnifique
French clockmaking came into its own in the 17th century, when highly ornamented clocks covered in gilt bronze, known as ormolu, were produced to keep pace with the new standards for opulence set by King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles.
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Promoting Through Time
It’s common to see a variety of items—coffee mugs, pens, glasses, and such—with advertisements printed on them. But in the 1890s, a clock advertising a company was a novelty. Clocks promoted foods and beverages, household products, even medicines, such as Monells Teething Cordial for Children. They even advertised pet food like Clarke’s Patent Buffalo Meat Dog Cakes, endorsed by Queen Victoria, herself. Each clock said something different on it.

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And the Glockenspiel Goes
Round and Round

At 11 A.M. daily, crowds of onlookers pack the Marienplatz in Munich to view a unique performance from what amounts to a city clock in the Neues Rathaus, the New Town Hall—the Glockenspiel. This timepiece has been entertaining visitors and locals alike for over a century. But what most who are watching don’t realize is that there’s a group of dedicated 10 workers who operate the Glockenspiel by hand.
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Tick Tock Toys
Long before video games and battery-powered toys, kids needed to be entertained. Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was clockwork toys that helped keep them amused. The earliest clockwork device, known as the Antikythera mechanism, dates from ancient Greece.

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All Aboard for Railroad
Pocket Watches

On April 19, 1891, a train engineer's watch stopped for four minutes and then started again. This temporary mechanical failure resulted in a train wreck that killed nine people in Kipton, Ohio. The railroads set up a commission to create new standards for the railroad pocket watch, to be used by all railroads.
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Caring for Antique Clocks
It's estimated that only 27 percent of antique and collectible collectors insure their collections. While the Number One reason to insure your antiques and collectibles is theft, there are others, including fire, flood, and natural disasters.
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The Home of the
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by Bob Brooke

Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Massachusetts, Willard House was constructed by Joseph Willard in the early 18th century in what was then known as the Indian settlement of Hassanamisco. Four of Joseph's grandsons - Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim and Aaron Willard---would become America's preeminent 19th-century clockmakers, making their first clocks in 1766 in their small Grafton workshop.
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Keeping the Trains
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by Bob Brooke

On November 18, 1883, the way the world noted time changed forever. Until that day, every town and city followed its own time. Life was slower. Then something happened that changed the way people moved around. And that something was the coming of the railroads. No longer would it takes days or weeks to get from one place to another. The railroads saw to that. And with the speeding up of travel, something had to be done to get all the trains on time.
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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


Shipwreck With $17 Billion of Sunken Treasure ID'd in the Caribbean

When salvagers found a 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia three years ago, they claimed it was the “holy grail” of shipwrecks—the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure. Now, the Associated Press reports, experts have identified the ship…and confirmed that it’s the real deal.   
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Rare Roman Coin Found by Detectorist in
Farmer's Field

A rare Roman solidus coin of the Emperor Constantine I was dug up from a farmer’s field in Somerset and will be offered at Dix Noonan Webb’s ancient coins auction on September 17 in London with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. On the reverse is a rare portrayal of Constantine riding his horse in battle holding a spear and shield with two fallen enemy soldiers below to commemorate a victory over Maxentius at Milvian bridge outside Rome on October 28, 312.   
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