Well, it’s almost a year since I blogged on this site, but what a year it’s been. Another family death, three holidays, two will trusts to administer, renovation work around the house, a serious birthday party; I never seem to have enough time. To anyone who regularly reads these blogs, my apologies.
With antique clocks still enjoying a good following, I had two sad enquiries this month reflecting the current market conditions. Both were from collectors, both were for replacement glass in clocks and both involved antique dial clocks. One was in the UK and another in Belgium. One was 14in diameter and one 10in. What put me on alert immediately is that both said the original glass was bevel-edge. Now if you’ve missed my pages on Dial Clocks and the links in those pages, you may not know that the vast majority of dial clocks had flat plain glass fitted. Some earlier ones had a convex shaped but I’ve not seen one with bevelled glass fitted as standard – that’s not to say they don’t exist (I know a dealer who has one for sale and I would not doubt his integrity) but they are most unusual so I asked a few more questions: On what side of the brass bezel is the hinge?; was anything historic written on the dial to link it to the War Department or the Railways?; are the hands brass or blued steel?
The answers came back and I had to impart the sad news; the clocks were both recent imports from China or India, aged to look antique to fool the casual collector. They were fakes.
If you want to know more about the tide of fake antiques arriving in the UK, use the search bar on my Home page to look for “fake”. And beware; not only of clocks so cheap they seem too good to be true, but of any clock at any price if the seller does not have a good history.
More soon. Meanwhile, watch out for ghouls and ghosts on Hallow’een