What is the next clock on your wishlist?

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  1. brian fisher

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    I thought it would be cool to have a thread where members can post plans for their next "big" acquisition. If you have 2 to post, that's ok too. once you acquire it, feel free to gloat here and then post another one.

    I'll start us off.

    I really want to get my hands on an astronomical regulator. An E. Howard would be amazing, but i suspect i will never find one i am willing to throw that much money at. as such, i have been bird dogging the versions made in the UK.

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    Next in line is a chiming dutch 18th century hall clock. I know where there is(was) one locally for a really good price if its still available.
    Anyway....something like this one:

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    dude… don’t do that! I get email alerts from different forums. When I get yours the fonts are always small so I just look for the photos of your latest find and saw the astronomical regulator and was immediately totally jealous!!!

    It wasn’t until I read the email that I realized you were hinting in advance of your birthday. :)
     
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  3. Kevin W.

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    I have seen a few that i lost out on. A Howard regulator and a jewellers clock. Hope one day i get another chance to get one of those. A pequegnat regulator too would be nice.
     
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  4. novicetimekeeper

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    Two this week. I have been the under bidder or the under under bidder on several recently. Either clocks are getting more expensive or I am getting tight.

    Longer term I want a centre verge lantern, foolishly turned down one offered to me and regretted it ever since.
     
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    I'm hoping the one used by father time will stop :)
     
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  6. Chris Radano

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    Lately I'm not looking too hard for a type of clock. When I see one for sale, that's when I decide it's on my wish list.
    I have plenty of clocks, but somehow I'm still looking.
    There are clocks I know I would like that I haven't seen yet, or I'm not aware even existed.
     
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    Same here.

    Also true of my “picking”/antiques buying in general. I know it when I see it.

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    I've been wanting a George Jones regulator. He made both a pinwheel and a dead beat anchor type. Both have a sweeps second hand and are about the size of a Vienna regulator I think.

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    General category - any 18th century clock. My earliest is early 19th.

    More specific - 19th century cuckoo. My earliest is early to mid 20th.

    Most specific - Gilt figural clock under a dome. There is a teaser clock on CL near me - It shows the dome in the photos, but the description says that after they took the picture, the dome was broken. :(

    I may need to create more accounts to post additional requests, and these may change from week to week.

    I don't mean to be pushy, but when can I expect this list to be delivered? Brian? :D

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    i have a direct line to santa. i'll let him know.
     
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    sadly, i didn't know who george jones was until i just googled it. i have to say...those are some legit clocks. some really nice astros too.
     
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    I've had it since late 2014 but a long-time wish list entry was an upright - "beehive" - mantel clock with chimes. Out of all that I've handled - HAC, Revere, Junghans, Celebrate - this one is a firm favorite.
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    This Celebrate No. 852 is rather cute. It was styled after 20th century neo-Gothic fare which was a style many American clock makers copied during the 1920-1940 period. I like the little sub-dial used to control chime selection.
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    Getting through the clock for any work is a contortionist's dream. You have to follow one method of disassembly or else you'll mangle something. The movement is in good shape and only required periodic maintenance.
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    When I had the clock apart for maintenance it was discovered that one chime rod was replaced with a slightly different but period-accurate rod - notice tapered machining and rod head shape.
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    The chimes sound great, just like a big Jacques tubular bell chime but smaller. The gong was cleaned entirely with lubricant oil which really brings out the sound quality. HAC's old gong pattern had a Gothic flower embossed in the center.
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    There's always some clock I wouldn't mind having - a Seth Thomas Sonora, a crystal regulator, or a Bawo & Dotter gong chime tambour - but I'm already very happy with what I have.
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    Cathedral family portrait. Another 'Thermoclock' is on its way.
     
  13. zedric

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    I've got to the point that my tastes will have to change, or I'm going to have to sell off a few things, as anything I want is more expensive than I can realistically afford... On the carriage/travelling clock front, I'd love to get something from around 1800, either a German/Austrian clock, or a French Pendule d'officier or capucine. I'd love to get an English striking carriage clock, but those go for way more than my budget. And I want a Garnier-style carriage clock in a case with lift-out front glass panel, and a box chronometer. More realistically, my next purchase might be a wall clock, I've got my eye on a couple of interesting ones.
     
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    Another wall clock? Your first is going to be hard to beat!
     
  15. zedric

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    So, It's now the middle of the year - how are we all going with our wish list items?

    One benefit of the lockdown has been that there hasn't been much available for sale - so I've been forced to save rather than spend my spare cash, which has meant that I now things are starting to move again I have been able to afford one of the items on my wish list - a capucine clock.

    Capucines are rather plain French portable clocks that were popular from the last quarter of the 1700s to the first quarter of the 1800s. The one I got has the added feature of a calendar, but it is missing the minute hand, and the dial is a bit beaten up (as many are) due to the lack of a bezel or protective glass. Because of these features, and the calendar, it probably dates to the somewhere in the 1790s

    Right now I'm sorting out shipping for this, and can only share the one, blurry image, but I will take better photos when it arrives (and has spent a suitable enough time in quarantine in the shed that my wife is happy to have it in the house!).

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    You got one then, where is it?

    A clock I didn't know was on my wish list is on it now. I'll tell you about it if I get it.
     
  17. zedric

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    It’s in Paris at the moment...
     
  18. Chris Radano

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    I wouldn't call a capucine "plain". They are (as French clocks can be) classic, minimalist case form. Capucines in particular are almost industrial. I can spot one a mile away. So, congratulations! Not too many English speaking clock collectors have these.
    My capucine is on here somewhere, but I should take better photos :(. Like you, it was on my "wish list" for several years.
     
  19. Ticktocktime100

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    Very nice acquisition zedric - I saw it myself and was contemplating it. Glad it is going to an appreciative home.

    Regards.
     
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    that is a good looking clock zedric.

    yes, i did indeed acquire a clock on my wishlist. i don't know if the pics will post, but here are a couple.

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    i guess i need to add another in its place......i'm gonna go with a chelsea or howard ships clock with a dial that is 10+ inches in size.
     
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  21. zedric

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    vey nice indeed!
     
  22. novicetimekeeper

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    I've been changing to a dial clock collector from a longcase collector. I think that is coming to an end though as we run out of space and I run out of money.
     
  23. DeanT

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    You may start buy and selling....
     
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    I may be forced into selling this week!
     
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    #25 Isaac, Jul 1, 2020
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    The last chiming clock on my wish-list is a pre ST 10 bell Sonora clock which cycles through a variety of 12 tunes and uses a New Haven T&S movement (which was also used in the Willcock chime clocks). Sadly, their extraordinary sound comes with an extraordinary price. Other than that, I'm very happy with my collection as is.
     
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    Unless you're like most of us - or until I learn about another must-have clock. :)
    One year we asked our young son what he wanted for Christmas. His reply was that he didn't know because he hadn't been to the store or seen the catalogs yet. I can identify with that, especially when it comes to horological items!
     
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    I would never have put the one I am currently chasing on a wish list because until I saw it I had no idea that any existed.
     
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    Not long till Christmas now and too many to mention as I'd be like a kid in a sweet shop but as Karen Carpenter sang "I can dream can't I".
     
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    Now that I think of it, a W&H 8 Bell/5 gong clock wouldn't be so bad, either! :)

    My folks and I agreed upon "sell 2, buy 1". However, I don't want to part with any of my clocks that I have currently!
     
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    hmmm.... wonder if i could get this one past my wife? sell 2 clocks worth about 100 bucks each and buy one worth a few grand? i like it!!!

    i'll report back on how it works out for me....lol.
     
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    #31 Elliott Wolin, Jul 1, 2020
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    My wish list is simple, I'd like to own one each of most of the major mechanical clock types. I don't care too much about age or rarity, vintage or sort of antique is fine.

    I have a bracket clock w/platform escapement, a pendulum wall clock, a cuckoo clock, a tall table clock w/pendulum, some 400-day clocks, and a black Ingraham clock w/pendulum (1916). I'd like a carriage clock, a mantel clock, a grandfather clock, and in my dreams an Atmos clock and a Vienna regulator. And maybe an adamantine clock and a fancy French clock.

    I plan to win the lottery to pay for the Atmos and VR, but I suppose that means I'll have to purchase a lottery ticket (which I've never done).

    And now that I think about it, how about an ... (posting truncated due to exceeding maximum length and lack of disk space on server).
     
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  32. Ticktocktime100

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    Hi,

    I’m doing a two-in-one here, as I’ve just acquired one of the clocks which was on my wishlist - a French striking repeater carriage clock with a blue enamel dial. This one was made circa 1880, and the presence of the original case is obviously a bonus. The platform escapement is particularly nice. I’ve also been able to tick (excuse the bad pun) another few off the list, I’ll share them later.

    Regards,

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    I had that on my watch list to see how much it went for, and thought it would be interesting to you because of the local connection. So it wasn’t you that is driving up the prices of dial clocks then? I can’t work out what was so special about this one to justify the price..

    edit - just saw you already started a thread on this one The early dial clock that got away, James Barfoot
     
  35. zedric

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    That’s a nice little clock, of good quality. I used to have one in that case style, and if I recall it was made by Richard and Cie - would be interesting to see if there are any makers marks on this one. I would guess the style dates to around 1900 or a fraction later
     
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    It is an uncommon clock as an early dial, possibly a rare one being 9" not 10" or 12", but the driving force behind the price was the signature.

    Dorset clocks go at a premium generally wherever they are sold, but in Dorset they get that extra push. I only own three, only one was a bargain, fortunately not sold in Dorset. I bid on a converted Dorset lantern that was sold in affpuddle, it went way over what would have been a sensible price. Not as far over estimate as this one.

    On the subject of estimates I was watching another auction a few weeks ago, may have been this auction house. An orange triptych with what looked like fairly crude planes on it, and with an insdistinct signature. Estimate £2-£400, sold for £57,000 on the hammer. I have no idea who the signature might have been but I wouldn't have paid £200 for it.
     
  37. zedric

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    I've posted the photos on a new thread

    My new capucine
     
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    Well I have bought another clock, it is an 8" drop dial but a London one not a Dorset one.
     
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    I wouldn't mind a small French clock. The auction is tonight and I've been waiting for this clock since the start of the year. A friend gave me the heads up that it was coming later in the year. I guess it will sell for more than I am willing to pay but you've got to be in it to win it.....
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Go for it, Zedric has just got another interesting one, so why not.
     
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    It would be the oldest clock in my collection which makes it interesting.
     
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    Which makes it pretty old!
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Hey Dean,

    Best of luck....

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  47. zedric

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    Very nice selection - are you working on the movement of the last one? Regardless, I can see you already have too many of these - so I'd be happy to receive any donations!
     
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    The last one... I picked up that case on ebay years ago, .... always the optimist.

    The one on the left needs a new glass. I have it and some other bezels packed, but have anxiety about sending them through the mail. If the box got lost, it would really hurt. I have at least 8 bezels and glasses boxed to ship to Canada to be fitted, but still paranoid about shipping them.

    There was a round Pendule 'd Officier movement that sold on ebay years ago. It got good money. I was hoping it would be a sleeper.

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    What I want next is an open escapement Crystal Regulator with ruby pallets. In nice shape. Is that too much to ask? :)
     
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    I need a break, or my bank balance does. I am awaiting the return of a number of things some of which I still need to pay for, two restored 8" drop dial cases, 2 restored dials, one restored twin train dial clock movement, one restored hook and spike lantern alarm.

    I need to drill some holes in the walls next...
     

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