AT Inbox: Valued time with Mickey, vintage watches

Valued time with Mickey


I have a Mickey Mouse clock which I treasure. It was purchased in 1973 at WOW/Orlando. The clock is yellow (plastic?) and shaped like an old-fashioned school clock. Mickey is on the face of the clock and his hands are the dials. It measures 15 inches high and 10 inches wide is battery operated, but does have a moving pendulum. Valuable only to me.

Rose Kissel
St. Clr Shores, Mich.

Seeks non-computer options

Dear Antique Trader:

In the recent weeks I have been reading over the letters column and I just had to say something for those of us who aren’t computer oriented and eBay oblivious. Now don’t take this the wrong way, it’s not that we don’t appreciate and marvel at the wonders of the computer world, it’s just that we kind of resent being overlooked and not counted.

I believe we can all survive and actually thrive if we learn to be a little creative or inventive. For instance, having gone to a good number of live and in-person auctions in my life, I always felt it was too bad that so much time was wasted; starting unreasonably high was one of my pet peeves.

I always felt you newspaper people could play a much more active part by sponsoring and encouraging newspaper auctions. After all, we should all have a good idea of what we will spend for a certain item, well then why not have three consecutive issues of the same auction(s)? The first listing people would give bids, the second issue would list those bids and a final issue would be for the final bids. Winning bids would be listed in a fourth issue. People don’t need to bid an item to death; know what you will spend, feel things out, then make your last honest and true bid. No need to worry about getting to that “button” at the last second, etc.

Well I’ve gotten it off my chest, printed or not, maybe someone or ones can come up with a viable alternative for those of us who may not be such a small number as you might think.

Computer challenged,

George Reed
Pottstown, Pa.

Collecting vintage watches

Dear Robyn:

I read in the Antique Trader that you would like to hear about reader’s collections. I am a collector of ladies vintage watches, wrist and hanging types. At present I have over 200, one is in a platinum case and many diamonds on the case. Another has two carats of diamonds and sapphires. I have most of the common brands – Bulova, Elgins, Swiss make.

I am often asked why I am attracted to watches. I think this goes back to my childhood when I asked for a watch for Christmas that I had seen in a department store in Montreal, Canada. I did not get it, the watch I received was of poor quality and did not keep good time, and I suspect it came from a pawn shop.

Four years ago, I attended an auction and at the preview, I spotted a small box with watches in it. As I had only a few minutes before the auction began, I could not examine them. Late in the afternoon the box was put up and the bidding was slow, evidently not much interest, so my bid of $36 was accepted. The first watch I pulled out was an 18-carat white gold Elgin. So I decided that I would begin to collect. I go to estate sales and yard sales and usually find them.

Elizabeth H. Rathbun
Asheville, N.C.