Antique and vintage skeleton clocks


2015-06-26 11:14:59


Antique and vintage skeleton clocks are collectible clocks made in the 1980s or earlier. Skeleton clocks

Skeleton clocks are timepieces that have been stripped of their casings to reveal their inner workings. They can take various forms and sizes, and hold especial appeal to clock enthusiasts, eager to view the workings of the movements.

They are sometimes enclosed with a clear, glass bubble to protect the mechanism from gathering dust, which could quickly hinder the workings of the clock.

Antique or vintage?

Skeleton clocks produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of antique and vintage skeleton clocks

  • A French-made month-going skeleton table regulator clock, manufactured by Jean-Louis Bouchet in the late 1700s, achieved $96,000 at Sotheby’s New York in April 2004.

  • A circa 1870, five foot, eight inch, double-dialed skeleton calendar display regulator clock, made by Oliver B Marsh, Newark, achieved $101,575 at a Sotheby’s auction in June 2002.

  • An early 19th century annual calendar skeleton clock, thought to have been made by Verneuil in France, sold for $53,775 at Sotheby’s New York in June 2002.

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