Usually the dial and movement have been put into a more attractive case, or perhaps have been orphaned and wound up in the next empty case that came along. Throughout the next 200 years the longcase clock changed dramatically from the very first small ebony veneered examples to the large Victorian clocks of the 19th century. The pendulum disc is slightly discolored but the discoloration is very even and actually looks pretty good. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 16 note melody on the hour, then count the hour. As a last resort we rely on the current retail value of clocks with similar quality, function and features that we are able to find for sale on the internet along with our extensive experience from repairing clocks, selling clocks and having worked extensively with clock retailers over the years.
The story of the freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock or longcase is told through a succession of technological breakthroughs designed to make the clocks more accurate, more elaborate in their function or easier to maintain. The measurement of time is only one small feature of prized antique clocks. Clock papers, the starting point for identifying and aging a clock, were printed in about 1800. Early Clocks American tall case clocks were first made about 1695 in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and a little later in Connecticut. Longcase clocks made during the 1830s and 1840s often look quite stubby, even though the overall height remained much the same.
The Market The clock market is multi-faceted and the price range is huge. The short door on the case is 1840's, the brass dial is 1770's. On a local scale there are distinct characteristics observed in clocks made in different clockmaking centres of England. Extra effort and sophistication in the making of a clock added to the value originally, and so they do today. The mechanism was encased in a wooden cabinet with a dial that told the time.
The practice of mating unrelated dials and cases has long been defended on the grounds that it allows antique components to survive. Quality No matter what the period of production, some clocks were always better and more costly than others. They were glued onto metal and wood plates and fitted to the cheapest clocks. We offer valuation and identification services. Sometimes paperwork that accompanies the clock when we buy it indicates the retail price at the time of purchase. These range from the simplest estate-made pine case and painted tin dial, to Boulle marquetry and silvered brass. You cannot expect to identify your clock by typing the maker's name into a search engine and hoping someone will provide you with the answer free of charge.
Dial hands were individually cut by hand until about 1825. Why do some clocks cost more than others? A new floor clock can change a small, empty area into the classic focal point of your home. Every page is secure, not just your checkout page. One consisted of a hand and dial, counterbalancing with the shape of the hand measuring seconds. A lot can be done to turn a perfectly honest average-quality clock into something quite attractive--and expensive. Enameled dials were imported in large quantities at the end of the American Revolution.
During the last quarter of the century, however, the painted enamel face was introduced, and by the 1820s had gained predominance among clockmakers. There are two different ways of obtaining your valuation either for our unique 'e-val' online or bring your item to our shop. If you use the to set out brief details, I will respond by email, usually the same day. You may notice that some of the clocks below are shown for sale at two different prices. Choose the one you are most attracted to and the one which you would be happy to live with for the rest of your days. A local artist was then engaged to add decorations. He established himself as a clockmaker in 1749 a the age of 17.
It's all a matter of priorities, isn't it? My answer to this question is quite simple and straightforward and always the same. The best known of the early colonial clockmakers was James Oatley, but even of his work little more than a dozen clocks are known to have survived. ? These precision timekeepers, often with outwardly simple dials and cases but very substantial six-pillar movements and heavy grid-iron pendulums, have seen some substantial price movements in recent times. Unfortunately, they are seen often in the antiques trade. Positioned at the top of each moon was a small pointer adjacent to the graduated scale from which the age of the moon could be read.
Two winding holes were for the time train and a strike train, and if three winding holes were present, the third or center hole was for winding a chime or musical arrangement. For more information, please click the links on the right. Thank you for all you have done throughout the course of this transaction. Introduced during the latter part of the 17th century, the longcase clock has remained popular to the present day. During this time, there were over 100 clockmakers who produced a large number of clocks, most of which are still around and still running, said, Bruce R.
Antique Grandfather Clock Dials Hands up those of you who own a grandfather clock which has roman numerals on the dial and have never noticed that the one of the numerals was wrong. Brian Loomes is probably the best-known name worldwide in antique clocks and Britain's longest-established clock dealer, a name known by everyone connected with antique clocks. Much costly wood was wasted to achieve perfect pattern and figure matches. Originally designed to impress, as well as educate, interesting clocks still dazzle to this day. From this time until about 1810, almost all American tall-case clocks were made by hand by clockmaker-carpenters. Until the late 18th century, most clocks had brass or silvered dials highly chased or embossed in the spandrels that is, the corners of the clock face. Tall case or grandfather clocks had their start when Christian Huygens, a Dutch scientist, applied the pendulum as the controlling element of a timepiece in 1656, inspired by the need for an accurate timekeeper to be used in making astronomical observations.
All communications occur between the buyer and the antique dealer, Sellingantiques Ltd is not involved or responsible for terms of sale. A close look at the wooden mask framing the dial would show that the lower corner spandrels are covered by the mask, and there are gaps at either end of the dial arch. We have a large archive of sold clocks, and almost 150 articles by Brian Loomes on clock collecting, clockmakers and clock care and identification. Sometimes, when faced with selling off the family possessions, a family kept its clock. Now that their role as timekeepers no longer of paramount importance, this has occasioned some very substantial prices for 30-hour clocks, once a poor relation of an eight-day clock. Such was the case with Jacob Hagey, who trained his son Jacob, Jr.