Time to find out if clock is valuable or not
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Blinking eye clocks were originally made in Germany in the 17th century.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.
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