Thirst for Knowledge: Horology

March 28, 2010

I have an honest secret to share and it shames me as much as it thrills me.

I don’t know a damn thing about antique clocks.

Yes, I’ve researched any that have flirted with mourning or sentimental, that’s just what I do, but I’m endlessly fascinated by horology. Everything from the way clocks adapted popular art and fashion (just like jewellery) to their developing machinery to the very sound they make. I just love them.

I own several 19th century watches and a few very early 20th century ones as well, currently, I’m looking to get my hands on a nice mantle clock.

So, where do I begin (please post in the comments if you have any suggestions as well)? Well, so far I’ve spotted pieces that I like, spoken about them with dealers and gone to the books to study them all, from the maker, to the place where they were constructed to their materials.

So, should I buy one because it suits me the best? Absolutely, and I will. However, I still want to learn more and absorb as much knowledge about these wonder items as possible. Suggestions for books and further reading would be helpful and in the meantime, I’ll document the pursuit of knowledge in later posts!

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