• AR8Jason Tops 1,000 Show & Tells Today Kevin Mackey, aka AR8Jason, topped 1,000 Show & Tells. Congratulations Kevin! When Mackey first started posting photos and descriptions of his militaria, watch fobs, pocket watches, wristwatches, pinbacks, art pottery, and countless other things back in February of 2011, we knew a thoughtful individual had just joined the community. His first Show & Tell was about a painting of Rober…
  • Auctions in the Days of Snail-Mail and Phone The Internet has obviously brought major changes in how auctions for collectibles are conducted. This certainly holds true in how I use to bid on and buy watch fobs. Years ago, when new to collecting watch fobs, I found out about a book called “Collecting Watch Fobs: A Price Guide” by John M. Kaduck (Wallace-Homestead Book Company, 1973). The book was out of print, so I tracked down the author and…
  • How Metal Detecting Lead to a Fob Obsession Twenty-five or so years ago, my wife and I were at her parents’ for Christmas. In their 1900-era house, there were only two rooms with heat, and 10 adults and two babies with nothing to do. At the time, I worked for a metal detecting company and had two metal detectors with me. It was cold and a slight mist outside, but anything was better than dying of boredom as a sardine, so I got up and sta…
  • A Short History of the American Antique Pocket Watch I got interested in clocks in 1967, and I started collecting watches fairly seriously in the early ‘80s. I ran out of room for clocks. Pocket watches are a little bit more manageable, and in some ways more interesting, too. I collect precision clocks, clocks that are very accurate timekeepers, and marine chronometers; things like that. I specialize in a few different specific types of pocket wa…
  • Keeping Time with Waltham, Hamilton, and Illinois Pocket Watches I got started collecting pocket watches partly because I hated wearing wristwatches; I used to carry my wristwatch in my pocket, so I thought; why not just try getting a pocket watch. I happened to find one at an antique flea market. I was impressed by it, over a hundred years old and still running. A couple months later I saw another very nice antique pocket watch with a pretty dial on it, and I …
  • Jonathan Snellenburg Ticks off the History of Watches and Clocks I grew up outside of Philadelphia. I didn’t have any particular interest in clocks or watches as a kid; that came after I started working at Christie’s East, where I ran the Jewelry and Silver Departments. When I arrived, I found watches basically sitting on my desk, so I began studying them, cataloging them, and doing watch sales. I don’t collect watches myself; I have more than enough clocks …