Q: Back in 1968, I bought a grandfather clock for $275. The plywood cabinet is 75 inches tall and 19 inches wide. It’s marked “F. Resch” inside and is also signed “Resch.” The brass ornaments on the case were made in Italy. What can you tell me?
A: Your clock was made in Austria by Gebruder Resch (Resch Brothers), a clockmaking firm that operated in Vienna from 1862 to 1871, then in Ebensee, Austria, from 1871 to 1901. Its production peaked in the mid 1880s, when it made 12,000 to 15,000 clocks a year. Today your clock would sell for a price in the thousands. Keep it in good working order.