att speed dating - Dating longcase clock hands

This dial is typical of about 1800: I can’t stress strongly enough – these people are NOT CLOCKMAKERS , they are the people who made the dials which the clockmakers used.

The clockmaker’s name is usually on the dial, but the dialmaker’s name is often stamped on the reverse of the dial or cast into the “falseplate”.

The first longcase clocks in England, where the form was born, were produced about 1660.

Spring-wound table clocks and weight-driven wall clocks had been made for a couple of centuries prior to this, but they were not particularly reliable timekeepers and it was the invention of the long pendulum in 1657 (requiring a long case) that created a breakthrough in accuracy, and coincidentally introduced a new and unique form of furniture.

You will then be asked to proceed and submit your makers name and payment.

Following some recent purchases of various long-case clocks and movements.

It provided a safe alternative to the hazardous use of mercury in gilding metals, which was banned c1799.

c1660 – calendar movements were introduced to English longcase clocks.

Some 175 years later, the clock at the right was made to meet the Victorian tastes of the mid-19th century.

Note the short trunk door and the bright factory-painted dial with large numerals, both typical of the later period of clock production.

The fine clocks by the most noted makers, from the 1660-1730 golden age of development, are now around 300 years old. With a bit of informed research, it is usually possible to assign a date to a clock within a 10 to 15 year range from its major design features alone.

It's hard to say how many were made, but the toll of the years makes their original small number even smaller, and good examples of clocks made by the early pioneers such as Tompion and Knibb commonly sell today for well over 0,000. Longcase clocks became more widely available and were less of a novelty, and ways were found to bring the cost of a clock down to meet a wider market. At the time any clock was first made, the fashion of the day determined the form and decoration of its three major components, case, dial, and movement.

Even the type of material used to construct your antique clock movement can help, or discovering when chimes were introduced and the type of chime used.

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