Time to find out if clock is valu­able or not

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Ques­tion: I re­cently in­her­ited this fas­ci­nat­ing clock that was once part of my par­ents’ clock col­lec­tion. When a lever is pushed, the eyes blink up and down. It is 16 inches tall. As a child, it fas­ci­nated me. Be­cause I am a non-col­lec­tor, I would like to know some­thing about it. It is made of iron and the fig­ure is of a man in what I think is 19th cen­tury cloth­ing. Any in­for­ma­tion would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

An­swer: Your clock is known as “the blink­ing eye.” It was made in Amer­ica in the mid-19th cen­tury, by Bradley & Hub­bard, of West Meri­den, Conn. It is one of the many nov­elty clocks made dur­ing that time.

Blink­ing eye clocks were orig­i­nally made in Ger­many in the 17th cen­tury. Eyes con­nected to the es­carp­ment, or a hu­man or an­i­mal fig­ure, moved with each un­lock­ing of the lever. Fakes have been made in China for sev­eral decades.

Your clock could fetch $500 to $600 at auc­tion.

Do you have an an­tique item and need more in­for­ma­tion? For a per­sonal re­ply, send a photo, his­tory, size, and any signa- tures with a self-ad­dressed stamped en­ve­lope and $25 to Anne Gil­bert-Straw­bridge, 1811 Re­nais­sance Com­mons Blvd., #2319, Boyn­ton Beach, FL 33426.

Anne Gil­bert

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