Antique-clock collector turns hobby into a business

Antique-clock collector turns hobby into a business

By NANCY BALDWIN
Special Contributor | Dallas Morning News

Collecting clocks comes naturally for Henry Juvers. After all, the dealer of antique timepieces has been accumulating them since he was a teenager.

“I developed an interest when I was in high school and my family lived on a farm,” Juvers says.

As the years passed, his assortment grew. Formerly senior vice president of marketing for J.C. Penney, Juvers lived in multiple states during his tenure with the company. Each location brought an opportunity to purchase more clocks.

The collector readily admits that by the time he retired three years ago, he had amassed 80 clocks.

With time on his hands, Juvers made the decision to sell some of his collection from a booth, Henry’s Clocks, at High Street Antiques & Design in Plano. The reaction from shoppers stunned him.

“It amazed me, the demand for clocks. I was shocked.”

Rather than depleting his stock, Juvers added to it.

“I sell clocks ranging from $150 to $5,000 from Germany, Scotland, England, the U.S.A. and France. Most of the clocks are 100 years old and some even older,” he says.

The assortment includes grandfather, mantel and wall clocks primarily purchased directly from Texas homeowners. Most popular are the German timepieces.

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