Monday, September 29

How To Collect Vintage Mantle Clocks - Look Out For Fakes

A stylish and attractive feature for any home, mantle clocks are well worth collecting. Acquiring mantle clocks can be a gratifying and enjoyable experience for anyone, but if you decide to collect the more rare mantle clocks, your purchase are apt to be more costly. You need to be very knowledgeable when collecting vintage mantel clocks because many replicas or reproductions exist. Many of them are not really antiques, only clocks that are made to look like items from the past, and unfortunately, there are unscrupulous individuals that will try to deceive you. There are three things you must consider if you collect vintage mantel clocks:  your budget, the type of clock you want to collect, and the amount of knowledge you have about each piece.

There is such a variety of vintage mantel clocks to be had you might want to be very selective as to which type you collect. When creating a collection of items, ensure that each one is unique. Each piece in your collection should complement each other and also look good by itself. Try to select pieces that are somewhat alike so that all pieces stand on their own but do not clash with the other clocks. Depending on the type of vintage mantel clocks you collect, some, as an example, a Mickey Mouse mantel clock, might not fit in with your collection very well. Be familiar with your collection, where it will fit and what you set out to accomplish when deciding to buy a new piece.

Countless individuals feel that the collection of vintage mantle clocks is an entertaining and lucrative hobby. Like any type of collecting of antiques, you must be very cautious of the pitfalls. Unfortunately, copies of popular pieces made may be easily available because of this type of collecting. Some modern reproductions of antique mantel clocks are made so well that it is hard to tell the antique from the reproduction. I cannot emphasize this enough, do your research before buying. You can do most research online before purchasing a particular item, for the essential features of that particular piece. The worst thing that could happen to you is that you accidentally purchase a modern reproduction at the same cost as an original vintage mantel clock. Before you make your purchase, if at all possible, try to obtain an independent appraisal of the antique mantle clock you intend to purchase.

Very seldom do you find a unique, one-of-a-kind antique mantle clock through an online auction or at a garage sale. If there is a particular piece you want, always try and shop around before purchasing it as you might get a better deal. Also if there is a particular piece that you are looking for, you should do extensive research prior to purchasing it to ensure you get an original. Possibly you will locate an identical item somewhere else and it may be in even better condition and cost less. Enjoy your new hobby of collecting antique mantle clocks - it can be a fun and rewarding experience! Research prospective purchases carefully before making a commitment, especially for costly items, keeping in mind that it is easy to make mistakes when you first start out.

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