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I was watching a television program the other day and a commercial for one of those companies that offer to buy your unwanted jewelry came on. I’m sure you have all seen them, they are like vultures; they know that in a down economy, people are more apt to sell their valuables and take pennies on the dollar for things. This particular commercial made me laugh because they had the audacity to say that jewelry that is just lying around your home is “never a good investment.” Then of course they make a pitch for you to come on down and sell it to them.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Take for example, a nice antique pocket watch which is not only intricately designed but a beautiful work of art. It can be expensive but also an excellent investment. So much so, that a lot of these antique pocket watches end up in vast collections of the wealthy or in museums; like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where they have a large and interesting display of some of the world’s rarest and most stunning watches. The pocket watch pictured on the right is a part of that collection at the MET. It depicts in intricate detail, Louis XIV on horseback and may have been made for a young king. And interestingly enough he may not have carried it in his pocket.
The name pocket watch may not actually be an appropriate name for these types of watches because back in the day the wealthy wanted to show everyone else how wealthy they were. Often they wore these clocks around their necks suspended by either fancy ribbons or ornate chains; in the style of Flavor Fav, the hip hop artist with the big clock around his neck. He may or may not wear his clock around his neck for the same reason, but one thing may be certain . . . his clock is not as fancy or delicate as the antique pocket watches of the past. In fact, I have wonder if he tried to sell his clock to the people in the commercial, how much money would he get?