For many years collectors have been fascinated by the subject of old clocks.

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Antique clocks, and antique clock identification, cover a wide spectrum of information ranging from the first collectible clock made in the sixteenth century, the lantern clock, to the clocks of the early twentieth century.

Although the odds of finding an original lantern clock at a local tag sale or auction are practically nil, the possibility of finding a late nineteenth century Ansonia mantle clock or a Gustav Becker weight driven wall clock from the same era are real possibilities.

Be careful, there is also the possibility that the clock you find may be a reproduction or a marriage.

Throughout the centuries, thousands and thousands of clocks have been made by a countless number of clockmakers and manufacturing companies in numerous styles and designs.

In addition to American clocks, there are many that were made in Europe, South America and Asia.

Still there are certain things to look for on a clock to help identify it and the time period when it was made.Check the clock for the name of the clock maker or company name.On many American-made clocks of the nineteenth century, the full name of the company typically appears somewhere on the timepiece.The name may be: However, on some clocks the name that appears on the dial may not be the name of the clockmaker.Sometimes it is the name of the retailer that sold the clock.If it is the retailer's name, finding information on the company may help with identifying and dating the clock.