- Nov 26, 2009
.RM, it looks like you had a really bad day back last April and this thread is the result. Does your statement today regarding diversity indicate a moderation of that position?
I'd love to have an 18th-century long case clock in the hallway but that ain't gonna happen barring some miracle. Because I have little money to spend, I troll along at the bottom end, finding and repairing what many participating in this thread apparently would consider to be junk clocks. By that metric, here's the before-and-after difference: before, they're worthless clocks; after, they're worthless clocks that run. To me they are interesting regardless of the lack of provenance - I learn and develop my skills by working on them. It is the act and process of repairing the mechanism and returning it to its intended function that interests me. So because I'm a bottom-feeder, horologically speaking, is this thread a general indication that my interests and little triumphs and failures aren't welcome here?
Maybe we need to break up the forums based on a mutually-negotiated definition of intrinsic value. Assuming, of course, we could come to consensus on that definition.
My offer of a steak and a scotch stands.
No, wasn't having a bad day in April. Was feeling the need to express my observations and honest feelings. I'm not alone. It's just that more than a few who feel the same way have written off the Forums. It's our loss, as many of those folks are quite knowledgeable and could contribute much here.
I would not "Balkanize" the Forums by overly dividing things up. And you can't please everyone all of the time, so some will like what you post, some will vilify it. That's the risk of going public with anything. I say so what. If you find value in what you do, it shouldn't bother you or cause a crisis of a lack of self confidence.
Your approach to collecting as stated is perfectly valid. Sounds like you enjoy what you do.
I do think that there are misconceptions surrounding old and scarce and expensive.
Many of the clocks I have posted are in fact not super expensive, some were down right cheap. For example, the rather pure original Brewster and Ingraham steeple I posted and the ogee with the incredible glass (both of which can be found on the Forums opening page) were acquired from a local shop and probably for not much more than folks are paying for, well, lesser stuff. IMCO, the kind of thinking I'm referring to is a real barrier to their potential growth as collectors.
Using your example of an 18th century tall case clock. I have been to auctions where 18th century tall case clocks sell VERY reasonably. So, they are accessible and if you have repair skills, you can have one running in your hallway some day.
May take you up on your offer some day.