References in classic literature ?
A little travelling clock ticked purringly at her elbow, and a log broke in two and sent up a shower of sparks.
The clock ticked, the fire clicked; not another sound had been heard in the room or in the house for I don't know how long.
Those which are ticked have been traced on the London market, but the others, presumably, were still in the possession of Carey, and young Neligan, according to his own account, was anxious to recover them in order to do the right thing by his father's creditors.