1892 Tiffany & Co. Carriage Clock
It's a carriage clock, I believe. It's made by Tiffany. We acquired it from a house sale in Denver, Colorado. I was a collector of antique woodworking tools, went over to find a woodworking tool, found out their tool wasn't very good, but I saw this clock, and we like all good antiques and thought it was worth more than we paid for it.
Great. As you say, it's a carriage clock. It's the first type of travel clock. And you can see it's housed in this original leather protective case. And if we take a look inside, we see that the carriage clock is in there. And it was designed to travel. If you wanted to be able to see the time, you could travel with it like this, or completely enclosed, or you could take it out altogether. And before I take it out, I just want to point out this one feature that it has, which is a repeat button right here on the outside of the cover. If you press on that, that in turn presses this, which repeats the previous hour so you can tell what time it is, even if it's dark. It's a very nice example of a carriage clock. This is a time and strike movement, and it has some features that are better than what we usually see. For example, these columns on the front are a nice feature. The sunken dial with this filigree work is very, very nice, as is the garland engraving here on the dial mat. So it's a more attractive example than what we usually see. But probably the most important feature is this name on the dial. It says Tiffany & Co. Tiffany didn't make the clock, though. It was made in France. They often imported clocks and put their own name on them. It also has a monogram on the top-- the owner-- and the date that it was manufactured, 1892, or the date that it was presented.
Can you polish it?
Yes, it could be professionally restored and the movement could be overhauled. It would look beautiful polished and lacquered. What did you pay for it?
About $300. About 30 years ago.
In a retail clock shop, this clock would sell for about $4,000.
Well, that's a nice profit.
It would probably be $500 to $1,000 less without the carrying case.
Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.
Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."
Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.
Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.
Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.
Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.
Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.