Sunday, 5 June 2011

Amazing clock collection


Unlike most other quirky collectors, Jack hasn’t always been fascinated by clocks. In fact, he only began collecting them seven or eight years ago, when health issues forced the former Portsmouth Naval Shipyard pipefitter to take some time off. With so much time on his hands, sitting idly at home, there was only one way to go – clocks. “I was going stir crazy, so I started taking clocks apart and putting them back together, you know, just for something to keep busy,” he says. He and a friend would drive throughout the Seacoast region, from one yard sale to another, buying all kinds of clocks. Then, people started hearing about his crazy hobby and began leaving old or broken clocks on his doorstep, so he doesn’t even know where some of the items in his collection came from

He never knew a bunch of old clocks had world record potential until his then 10-year-old granddaughter brought him the Guinness Book, in 2007. She showed him that the current record was 921 clocks, set by a fellow from Germany, and told him he was going to win the world record. Mr. Schoff had around 900 clocks at that point, but by the summer of 2008 he had set a new record with a collection of 1,094 different clocks. Fast forward to present day, Jack Schoff  has an impressive collection of over 1,500 clocks (1,509 in February 2010), and his small apartment has become a virtual tourist attraction visited by people from all around the country