Some Thoughts on our
Canada and Hamilton Clock Company Collection
We're excited about making these special pieces available for our friends to add to their collections. The Canada and Hamilton Clock Companies point us to a time in history where our country was trying to make it's mark in the Clock Industry. Competition was surely fearce as we struggled to make a name and a niche for ourselves. Anyone familiar with these two Companies know that they enjoyed only a minimal amount of success, but in the end, left us with a variety of interesting models that are becoming increasingly popular to collect.
I would suggest to you that as we continue to improve upon our Canada and Hamilton Pages, you'll be introduced to clocks that most people have never had the priviledge of seeing, let alone having the opportunity to acquire. We hope you'll enjoy our newest additions to The Clocksmiths family of pages, as we learn more about a time in Canadian History when owning a timepiece was more of a luxury than a commonality.
Condition and Rarity
In a world where the internet has single handedly redefined the word Rare, and Rare is a term used to describe everything from art to pokemon cards, it's sometimes hard to weed out those items that should be purchased because they represent an example that may not be seen again for many years, if at all. Along with Rare comes the word Mint. Some publications define Mint in such a fashion that I'm not sure an item can qualify as mint after it leaves the assembly line. Can we really expect something that has been passed through multiple generations of owners to ever hold up to this kind of definition of Mint? We think the best way to look at Rare and Mint is to make it relative to the item and the age. We consider most of the clocks that make up the Canada and Hamilton pages to be above average examples of rare items. Some of these clocks are extremely rare, where only a handful of examples are even known to exist. Some of them may even be in mint condition. Does this mean that a close inspection won't reveal a character mark brought on with age? No. What it means is the clock is in about as good of condition that can be expected given it's originality, age, and the number of examples known to choose from. If you prescribe to buying the best example you can that is available, then this collection should fit your bill. If you prescribe to buyng rarities, for enjoyment or investment, then this collection should excite you.
We'd love to know your thoughts. That's what makes this hobby so amazing. No one person has all the answers. Individually, there is a ton of knowledge out there. We've met some really great people across the country who've helped us understand further the world of Horology. The Clocksmiths encourage the sharing of this information, where we can individually share our knowledge and experience, for all to benefit from and hopefully pass it on for others to enjoy.
It's been a pleasure. We look forward to hearing from you.