Month's Goal: $300, Received: $235.00 - (78%) Contribute Now
Donate whatever you can or Join the 15,000 other NAWCC members for only $72 (plus $10 for hard copy publications). Check it out here.


NOTICE Notice: This is an old thread. The last post was 1383 days ago. If your post is not directly related to this discussion please consider making a new thread.
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    Default horological estate question

    An old family friend's husband passed away last year and his house is stuffed with years of clockmaker's accumulation. She lives in San Leandro, California. What is the best way to realize the highest price for her clocks, parts, and tools? Any suggestions? She is 91, and over whelmed by the sheer amount and wants to dispose of it all at one time. She has had a couple of people low ball her on price. I'd like to help her but not sure of the best venue for selling everything. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Registered user.
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Calif. USA
    Posts
    7,129

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Don G.)

    Hi
    If she wants to sell it all in one, she should
    expect low ball pricing. That is the way things
    are.
    She should find an auction agent and work
    percentage deal( remembering that these
    guys are making a living by what they do ).
    Tinker Dwight

  3. #3
    Forums Administrator harold bain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Whitby, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    33,717

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Tinker Dwight)

    Probably will get the best prices selling a few pieces at a time on ebay, if someone has the patience to sort and list everything.
    harold bain, Member ch 33
    "If it won't "tick",
    let me "tock" to it"

  4. #4
    Technical Admin Tom McIntyre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Boston. MA USA
    Posts
    15,962
    Blog Entries
    10

    Lightbulb Re: horological estate question (RE: harold bain)

    I would agree with Tinker that selling this kind of collection at auction would be the best course. The problem with this course is that it is likely that the cataloging and packing of the material to deliver it to an auction house is well beyond the widow's abilities.

    The NAWCC has tried to promote a service like our current chapter level mentoring activities that would support member's families in disposing of collections. If there is an NAWCC chapter within a reasonable distance, asking them to help would be a good first step.

    We have had some discussion of formalizing such a process among board members, national committees and with the national staff, but we do not have anything formally published at this time.
    Tom McIntyre Click me.
    If you don't learn to laugh at trouble,
    you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.
    Will Rogers

  5. #5
    Registered User Robert Gary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    2,592
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Tom McIntyre)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom McIntyre View Post
    If there is an NAWCC chapter within a reasonable distance, asking them to help would be a good first step.
    San Leandro, California, is in the Oakland, San Francisco area. Harold, is there someone in a chapter near there they can contact?

    RobertG
    Robert Gary "Learn something. Skill does not desert the life of a person ever." Dionysius Cato (ca. 230-150 BC)

  6. #6
    Registered user. Mike306p/Ansoniaman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO.
    Posts
    3,033

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Robert Gary)

    Don DeMarcus is near there. I will let him know. He has had an association with a bay area chapter. Mike
    Former New Clock Acquisitions Moderator AKA Mike 306p/Ansoniaman

  7. #7

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Don G.)

    -> posts merged by system <-
    Quote Originally Posted by Don G. View Post
    An old family friend's husband passed away last year and his house is stuffed with years of clockmaker's accumulation. She lives in San Leandro, California. What is the best way to realize the highest price for her clocks, parts, and tools? Any suggestions? She is 91, and over whelmed by the sheer amount and wants to dispose of it all at one time. She has had a couple of people low ball her on price. I'd like to help her but not sure of the best venue for selling everything. Thanks.
    Don
    I live by her in Pleasanton, CA. There is also a chapter of the NAWCC there near her.

    Let her call if you would like or you can call me and tell me what she has watches or clocks for example.
    demarcusdrainage@comcast.net

    925-846-3491
    Don DeMarcus
    Don
    Save all clocks for the next generation.

  8. #8
    Registered user. Mike306p/Ansoniaman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO.
    Posts
    3,033

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Don DeMarcus)

    Curious, Did anybody get ahold of anyone on this ? Mike
    Former New Clock Acquisitions Moderator AKA Mike 306p/Ansoniaman

  9. #9

    Default Re: horological estate question (RE: Mike306p/Ansoniaman)

    San Francisco Chapter 5 meets at the Boys Club in San Leandro on the second Sunday of odd months. It is a very active chapter with a large mart. I recall occasions in the past when the collection of a deceased member has been brought to the mart for sale. I suggest you contact chapter officers to see if an arrangement can be made.
    http://www.whistlings.com/chapter_5.htm

    Depending on the size of the collection you may want to try Butterfield's auctions in S.F. or Clar's auctions in Oakland.
    Good luck and be sure to post back here so we know where to go!
    -Cort

Similar Threads

  1. QUESTION-DO YOU BELIEVE PARTING OUT IS GOOD FOR HOROLOGY?
    By Mo Farrell in forum American Pocket Watches
    Replies: 134
    Last Post: 03-31-2011, 03:02 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-04-2007, 01:39 AM
  3. Horological website questions
    By John Nagle in forum Horological Misc
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-22-2007, 10:38 AM
  4. Replies: 51
    Last Post: 11-11-2006, 01:49 PM
  5. Horological RESEARCH questions????
    By kirklox in forum Horological Misc
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-30-2006, 10:41 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •