About Antique Clocks
You walk into a room and hear a syncopated rhythm that sounds like your brain just started ticking—but no, it’s the antique clock on the mantel marking time. Pieces such as a marble mantel clock, an Italian Neoclassical, may keep you spellbound listening to half hour and hour chimes driven by a German Franz Hermle mechanism while watching cherubs grace both sides of the timepiece. Unless you use the winding key every eight days, however, the clock stops. When shopping from reliable eBay sellers, notice the antique Sessions clock, an art nouveau style circa 1920s, with dual chiming. These clocks, known for large, readable dials, raised brass numerals, and crystal assemblies, come with a swinging pendulum and the all-important winding key. Remember: these delicate, precision instruments survived through regular cleanings and swapping out parts occasionally. Perhaps in time, you will discover that a clock’s real purpose is a visual reminder to move forward, little by little.