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Cincinnati Time Recorder Co. "Grand Father" Clock?

My grandfather had a plastics factory MANY years ago and used this Cincinnati Time Recorder Co. "Grand Father" clock for time cards. After that, it hung in the house I grew up in for over 40 years. Now, it hangs in my house. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this clock. How much is it worth. Is it the kind of thing that should get appraised and put on homeowner's insurance? Thanks in advance for any input you can give.

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November 24, 20200 found this helpful
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I believe most of these are from about 1910-1930 and some were still being used in later years.
There are several different models and many were used for time keeping such as bells sounded at certain times to let workers know they were either late, or time to go home or lunch breaks.
Yours happens to be the one that uses time cards.

I did find one like yours that sold in 2/2019 for $250 which would normally stand as 'current value' but I believe the clock that sold was in better condition than yours so that would probably lower the value.
www.liveauctioneers.com/.../69210642_cincinnati-time-recorder...

I have seen some listed for sale but asking prices are just prices a seller would like to receive for their items and only a sold item will show what someone was willing to pay for that item. Where the item is located will also have a bearing on the value as these are usually much too heavy to ship.
As to insurance value - usually insurance value is actually higher than 'current value' so for that purpose I would say $400 but as to resale value my estimate would be about $200.

This one sold for $400 but this was in 2013 and a nice clock.
www.icollector.com/Antique-Oak-Cincinnati-Time-Recorder...

Maybe some other members will have more information.

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November 24, 20200 found this helpful
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Cybergrannie is spot on about her assessment of this unique and lovely piece. It is sad how to much the market has dropped for pieces like this.

My best recommendation is to have a professional clock maker clean it up and enjoy it for generations to come! There is a chance that in 15-20 years the value will increase. In that case the maintenance will pay for itself.

Personally, I would rather see you spend the money on a good cleaning than insurance. Just me! Thanks for sharing!

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November 24, 20200 found this helpful

I certainly agree about the insurance as most of the time your regular homeowner's insurance will cover items like and you only have to add really expensive items at an extra cost.
You can always send pictures of your items to be included in your insurance 'folder' just in case there is a robbery or something like that. More important is that you keep good records (sales receipts, pictures, etc) in a safe place, preferably away from your home or if they are on your computer then make copies and store them in another area.
I really thought that you intended to keep this item but just wanted to know the value, mostly for insurance purposes.
I like it as it is because it has been handed down with all the memories that's stored away in some of the nicks and even dirt maybe and I hope the next generation will cherish this unusual keepsake also.

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

I would say yes if the clock could actually be sold for several thousand dollars. This clock normally sells for around $200 in today's market. I don't think that you really need to add this to your insurance claim if you have to pay a lot of extra money on your insurance. If you do decide to do this they will say the clock value would be around $350-450. If you love the clock and something happens would you want to replace this clock? If so go ahead and add it to your insurance policy. If not then if anything happened to the clock you know you could probably replace it for around $200 or a bit less.

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

You could ask the company directly. You can reach them here cintimesys.com/.../history.html

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