There are many watch collectors still actively and meticulously collecting watches and watch movements. There is so much to know. But I am finding that the movements are like the DNA of the watch. If you use a magnifier you can see lots of information on the movement.
The watch movement is also known as the calibar, is the actual mechanism of the clock or watch. It is protected by the case.
According to Wikipedia there are several types of movements in a watch. Kinetic movement is sometimes called automatic-quartz movement, and kinetic watches combine the best elements of automatic and quartz watches. A kinetic watch has a self-winding movement, just like an automatic, but it uses a quartz timekeeping mechanism.
A watch movement is considered Swiss if: the movement has been assembled in Switzerland and, the movement has been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland and; the components of Swiss manufacture account for at least 50 percent of the total value, without taking into account the cost of assembly.
Japanese movement watches contain watch movements made in Japan. Swiss movement watches contain movements made in Switzerland. .Seiko, a Japanese company, make wonderful, impeccable watches, especially in the Grand Seiko and Credor lines.
The Miyota 8215 is a Japanese automatic wristwatch movement that is used by many watch makers. Miyota is part of the Citizen group of companies. Most watch makers do not make their own movements, but use standard watch movements manufactured by specialized companies
So have fun and I will post more about this MOVEMENT later.
Legends of finance and wealth were members of the Piping Rock Club, Locus Valley, New York started in 1911. In this membership book of 1914 the initiation fee was 200 dollars and the semi-annual dues were 150.00. At that time membership was restricted to men and total membership was not to exceed 550 men
The book lists members like J.P Morgan, Frank Nelson Doubleday and Benjamin Strong. But the list is impressive. There are by-laws that were written in 1012. If you have ever played on their golf course or know others who have it is an interesting piece of history worthy of collecting.
I have recently learned about Barometers. The vintage Barometers are sexy in design and as in all things vintage, they usually have a story to tell.
For those of you who may have been like me and did not know a about barometers it is a weather instrument that measures atmospheric pressure also known as air pressure or barometric pressure) – the weight of the air in the atmosphere.
Barometers have been around for a long time and there are some very interesting and unusual ones.. There are variations on the storm barometer, such as the Collins Patent Table Barometer, to more traditional-looking designs such as Hooke’s Otheometer and the Ross Sympiesometer. Some, such as the Shark Oil barometer, work only in a certain temperature range, achieved in warmer climates.
Here are two that are currently listed on Ebay that I thought were interesting:I may post more later.But if you know more please feel free to share or if you have one listed please share.
I wish I knew then what I know now! Then I would have kept all my toys, coins and other fun items I had access to before I became a baby boomer. But since I never collected anything when I was young this new found interest in all things “boomer” provides an opportunity to manufacture memories.
I enjoy talking with people online and off who relish their baby boomer treasures. But where do you find these treasures now if you did not save them in your attic, basement or collections?
I now go to yard sales looking for records. And although I resell them, my hubby and I often snatch some out of the bins to keep and listen to. Yet, many more people are keeping their collections. I try to help by encouraging them to buy record players to listen and enjoy them. LOL
I find that getting introduced to these treasures is being done by way of the internet, yard sales, estate sales and auctions. Shows like the Antique Road Show wet your appetite for items you never ever knew were collectibles with value.
I admit that I am a baby boomer who is really going backwards. Since I never collected when I was young I an fascinated by those things people have and do collect. For example, I was clueless to coins for anything but spending. Now I love reading about them and looking at others collections online or live.
I recently went to a model car show with hubby. Now he loves them. I never thought about them. But wow, during that show I enjoyed seeing the smiles on baby boomer faces as they experienced each and every model car. I listened as they talked, laughed and played. I learned so much that I have a whole new respect and appreciation.
So this blog serves as a way to tip my toes into this exciting arena. I just hope that the generations after us grow to appreciate the many collectibles that their parents and grands desire to pass on to them.
Be patient with me as I take this journey and I hope you share your collections and love for all the treasures that baby boomers enjoy.
Baby Boomers love collecting coins. Some started when they were young and continue to collect. Others have found it something great to do in their transition from day to day work. It is not only relaxing but oodles of fun.
So, I want to begin to explore some of the coins that folks like to collect. I have included in this post a link about a “Concept Coin”. This is a coin that was submitted by a designer to be considered for currency.
That was the case with the Bessie Coleman concept coin.. Although the Sacagawea Golden Dollar won and was accepted as US Currency some still collect the concept coins.
In the case of the Bessie Smith Concept Coin there is a rarity factor. Not many of them were minted and not many available for sale. Many collectors have added them to their collections.
Why? I would think because of the rarity of some and the beauty of the design. What do you think?
I am getting more and more fascinated with clocks and watches. It seems to be all about the “movement”. No, I am not talking about arthritis LOL
People interested in horology are called horologists. TThis term is used both by people who deal professionally with timekeeping pieces(watchmakers, clockmakers), as well as lovers and scholars of horology. Horology and horologists have numerous organizations, both professional associations and more scholarly societies.
Horology is the art or science of measuring time. Clocks, watches, clockwork, sundials, hourglasses, clepsydras, timers, time recorders, marine chronometers, and atomic clocks are all examples of the kinds of unique instruments used to measure time. In current usage, horology refers mainly to the study of mechanical time-keeping devices, while chronometry more broadly includes electronic devices that have largely replaced mechanical clocks for the best accuracy and precision in time-keeping.
Once you start looking into this area as a collector it is easy to get hooked. So, as I learn more I will share it here. But please share what you know so we can all be on the look out for some interesting time pieces.
But here is a really cool article I ran across talking about an upcoming auction for a pocket watch.
Hummel figurines are also referred to as M.I. Hummel figurines or just plain Hummels. This porcelian figurine series are based on the drawings of an Artist namedSister Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F.
I have, recently, been posting a few Geobel Hummels for a client on consignment. In doing my research I ran across this video that was done by a fellow Ebay Seller. I thought it was good and wanted to share it with others.
I decided that I will start posting some really cool collectibles that are currently online by some of my Facebook Friends. Hope you get a chance to click on them and check them out. I am going to try and do this often. If you have something listed you want me to share in a post please let me know.
The Festival du Marais occurs from mid June to mid July in the Marais district of Paris. This is just one of the many celebrations that take place. It was created in 1961 by some folks who gathered around French Puppeteer Michel Raude.
It has grown to over many performances and is held in many places. This poster was obtained at an auction.
While at the Glen Ridge Antique Show this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. George Betton. It was impressive to know that his love for collectibles lead him to become a business owner. A wonderful way to keep the fire under his passion.
George can be contacted by email: george.betton (at)gmail.com