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Clocks

Contact

Michael Sands
(408) 773-1170
clocks@sandsmuseum.com

located in Sunnyvale, California  94087

Condition

All clocks were last running in the 1980s.  They have been sitting in boxes since 2008 and should be cleaned before running.  Many of the clocks have had documented repairs.  The inventory cards, with documented repairs, can be copied and sent on request.

Prices

clock prices

Starting in late February, the prices will be regularly lowered and any still left will be sold on eBay.

Shipping

I am not able to ship the clocks.  I am able to deliver them to a local shipper who can then pack, insure, and ship.

Our zip code is 94087.  The following shippers are close by.  I can also deliver within 20 miles of Sunnyvale, California. 

The UPS Store
1669 Hollenbeck Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 733-7112

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
20660 Homestead Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 777-1000

The UPS Store
111 W El Camino Real Ste 109
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 733-8382

References

I will be attending the local Chapter 94 meeting of the NAWCCin early Februar, probably 9th..  I can bring clocks to the meeting for inspection.  I will also bring several clocks for the Mart after the meeting.

I also sold many of my mother's pocket watches to several NAWCC members who may be wiling to vouch for me.

Provenance

Elizabeth Lord

The clocks were acquired in the early 1980s by Elizabeth Lord. 

She was born in 1926 and immigrated to the United States when she was 16.  She attended Rice University in Houston, Texas where she met her husband, Matthew Sands.  Matt was a physicist and was quickly recruited to help build the first atomic bomb.  Elizabeth helped by splitting mica for Geiger counters.  Soon after the war, they moved to Boston where he finished his education and started teaching at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  They had two sons.  They divorced in 1948 and Elizabeth went back to Houston to live with her parents.  Her father asked how she planned to support the two boys?  She wanted to become a clock and watch repair person but he suggested that was not a way to earn a living.

Elizabeth went back to school at the University of Illinois where she completed her doctorate in Romance Languages.  She started teaching at Washington State University in Pulllman, Washington.  Upon her retirement, she and her husband, Jack Lord, moved to Lacy, Washington where she started her new hobby, collecting pocket watches and clocks.  Much of her collection was acquired in the 1980s from various collectors in the Pacific Northwest.  She belonged to two chapters of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.  She learned to repair clocks and watches but left much of the difficult work to more experienced collectors. 

She died in 2008. Many of her watches have found new homes.  Her clocks now need to find new homes as well.  The Pocket Watch Museum documents her collection, both pocket watches and clocks.

 

 


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