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Rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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A clock was donated to our school. It is an African American

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A clock was donated to our school. It is an African American lady dancing. After research it appears to be a Bradley Hubbard Clock Topsey. Bottom says 1858 Germany. Condition appears to be original. Missing wind up key.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

This is called a Blinking Eye clock titled TOPSEY, intended to portray a Black Americana ballerina. This is a clock that featured eyes that moved from side to side because they were attached with a wire to the movement of the clock. This piece seems to be missing the eyes, but the photo is dark and I could be wrong there. While the bottom is marked 1858 GERMANY , this does not date the clock which is a reproduction from the 1970 time period. They were recreated in the 1970's and early 1980's by Waterbury and Bradley /Hubbard. This clock has a value of $400 to $500 even though she is a later reproduction.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her eyes are still there. But you may not be able to see them very clearly in the photo.
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

A similar clock (with eyes) recently sold for 410.00, so I will keep that $400 to $500 range for a value.

Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

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