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Grandfather clocks aren't your typical timepiece. These old timepieces are typically handed down from generation to generation, and in some cases, they can be very valuable, both financially and sentimentally. So, just as you'd want an accurate timepiece for yourself, it's important that you take care of your grandfather clock, too.

You can generally find antique clocks on the internet or in antique shops. If you're buying one from the internet, be sure to read all of the details before making a purchase. Sometimes clocks can have a wide range of prices, depending on where you buy them. Some grandfather clock sellers are willing to set their prices online, but there are others who won't budge, even at face value.

The main thing to consider is the general condition of the grandfather clocks you're looking to buy. Obviously, as the name suggests, they were made to be run manually. In this case, the mechanism is very important. It needs to run smoothly, with internal parts in good order, in order for the clock to give the correct time. If you're purchasing an antique, you'll need to inspect it carefully for signs of neglect.

The next thing you should do, when looking at antique clocks for sale, is to determine if the piece you're considering purchasing is a mechanical or electrical movement. Mechanical grandfather clocks run by winding a crankshaft, which turns a handle to allow the hands to move around the dial. With electrical movements, the hands of the cuckoo are electronically controlled. Usually, these types of clocks have a removable weight balance. The weight of the material, which can be wood, metal, ceramic or glass, determines how heavy the cuckoo is.

You can tell a lot about a grandfather clock by its face, which is the glass face that contains the numbers, the hour markers, and the other minute indicators. Grandfather clocks contain weights, which determine how loud the chimes sound. The weights are usually located on the top or bottom of the face, depending on whether the clock has one, two, or three weights. These kinds of clocks also have a minute hand, which is smaller than the hours.

When it comes to the actual moving and unpacking of your grandfather clock, you will need to make sure that all moving and unpacking materials, including the cuckoo, are packed tightly. This is so the chimes do not become dislodged during the move. When it comes to wrapping the clocks in boxes, you will want to use large plastic wrapping paper, because the heavier the box is, the tighter the wrapping. The wrapping also prevents any items from falling out during the move. Before you put the moving boxes on top of your cuckoo's legs, you should take several measurements so you know what size boxes will fit.