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This is a Bothamley Boston case grandfather clock I

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This is a Bothamley Boston long case grandfather clock I purchased in London England. While it did work for a time and presented a beautiful chime, at this time it does not work, has a crack in the back of the case and is missing the top of the top of the center finial. The front of the cabinet has one small mark. The face is in it's original condition. It is a beautiful clock. I do need to sell it. I may sell it to the clockmaker that kept it in storage for a year. Can you tell me it's approximate value? Thank you.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 5 months ago.

Hi Jill,

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This is so sad! A clock that doesn't work has very little value, because your prospective buyer doesn't know what it will cost to fix. They say in real estate that the top three criteria regarding value are location, location, location. With antiques, it's condition, condition, condition.

I'm afraid that your lock's condition has rendered it of very low value. On the retail market, you could expect to get $50 - $100 dollars for it. Perhaps your clockmaker might offer you a few dollars more because he has the ability to increase its value.

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Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 5 months ago.

Hi Jill,

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