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Value of a Grandfather Clock?

A wooden grandfather clock.This clock was purchased new in June 1986. Seth Thomas #4490. It's beautiful and is as accurate as my digital watch. I'm just curious what I could sell it for.

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful
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One of the collectible forums I belong to just had a discussion this week about Grandfather and Grandmother clocks and it was sad.

The recommendation for them, especially good brands like Seth Thomas is to start high and take whatever someone will offer.

In some markets they can sell for $2500. In other markets the exact same clock will fetch $100. In a third market it may fetch $900.

Yes, sad and huge difference!

Best to sell it at a local venue like a consignment store. Most antique shops will not take these because they are not technically antiques.

If you have a place that specializes in clocks, they will get the most eyes on it and you will have the best chance of finding the right person for this lovely and stately piece!

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Thanks for sharing! I hope you are in a low supply, high demand area and catch fetch the big bucks!!

Post back how it goes for you!

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you very much for the information. I searched high/low for information and this is the best and most informative.
How many years does it take to be considered an antique? Just curious. I think that I'll just hold on to this beautiful Seth Thomas and enjoy it. It's accurate down to the second.

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October 28, 20200 found this helpful

Items should be 100 years old to be considered antique, although many people use the term incorrectly. Your clock is now "vintage", which is considered to be over 20 years old.

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Your grandfather clock is beautiful and will no doubt be worth a lot of money if your family can hold onto it and keep it in working order.

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Prices for grandfather clocks are all over the place, depending on your location. A 1986 #4480 even in perfect condition could go for anywhere from a couple hundred up to maybe $2,000. It all depends on the market in your area. To find it's value in your area, take several really good photos of the clock from multiple angles and with the front door open and closed.

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Also, take a photo of any label, stamp or plate that has the info about the clock. Then take the pictures to a clock shop, if there is one, OR look one up from nearby and call them. Ask if they have an email or text # you can use to send them the photos, and see if they can give you an appraisal. Good luck !!!

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Try finding an appraiser from one of these three organizations:
International Society of Appraisers (ISA)
Appraisers Association of America (AAA)
American Society of Appraisers (ASA)

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful

An antique clock is at least 100 years old. If your clock is younger, it's considered vintage.

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October 28, 20200 found this helpful

I'll check out the appraisers and reply with any information that I can obtain. Stay healthy and safe everyone.

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In a lot of the auction sites, they give an estimate of how much the clock is worth. They have auctioned off most of the clocks but won't tell you how much they are sold for. On one site I found they estimate the clock at $800-1200 and another site says they range from $1000-3000. The prices seem to vary from one site to another and I believe this is because of the location where the people live.

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In some areas, people are no longer interested in these types of items and a lot of time they are willing to just give them away for a very low price just to get them out of their homes.

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