London Longcase Clock

The 10 inch square brass dial has a tulip engraved centre with a central silvered engraved alarm disc in the form of a rosette. It has a single pierced blued steel hand and winged cherub and foliate gilt brass corner spandrels. The large hour lantern movement has four circular brass pillars secured with nuts and a verge escapement with a short bob pendulum and inside countwheel strike on a bell. The alarm which is mounted on the backplate is sounded on the same bell with a double-headed hammer. The slim elegant case has a flat top rising hood with barleytwist pillars front and back and pierced gilt wood sound frets. The full length rectangular trunk door has fine gilt chinoiserie decoration on a black lacquer ground with figures in an oriental landscape which is repeated on the base. A hour clock with a very similar dial and signature by Tompion is illustrated on page , fig. We know of no other surviving hour Tompion longcases with chinoiserie decoration and the early date of this piece means it predates his series of numbered clocks. Tompion was the most highly respected English clockmaker. Born at Ickwell Green, Bedfordshire in , he moved to London in

Longcase Clock by Thomas Bell

They have always been available in 30 hour and 8 day form, together with various other longer durations. The 30 hour clocks tended to be found more in provincial areas, although it is possible to find a 30 hour London clock. The wood type plays a big part in the cost of the clock.

Longcase clock with 8 day striking movement. Oak case with mahogany banding, split pediment with brass rosettes and four columns with brass bases and capitals.

Here are some basic paramaters to allow you to see the date ranges of the various features so you can get an idea without doing a whole load of reasearch on makers and suchlike. The first Grandfathers produced in London because Christian Huegens invented the pedulum clock. Before this clocks were…well they sucked really as timekeepers. If a clock lost 5 minutes a day it was doing well but with the pendulum clock you could get it down to 5 minutes a week. The pendulum clock was therefore a very useful thing but of course you needed a long case to cover the long pendulum the longer the more accurate and the Grandfather or Longcase clock was born.

The square dial persisted until by which time it was going out of fashion ans was completely replaced by the arched dial with exceptions of course by All faces were brass up until when the painted dial came along.

Rare Automata longcase clock by Oliver of Hitchin

An attractive ebonized eight day time and strike longcase clock with square brass dial signed Isaac Goddard, London. This is an ebonized eight day longcase clock with square brass dial. The long trunk door has moldings to the edges and a gilt lenticle to the door. Flat top hood with molded cornice and sound fretwork below backed with beige silk. All pillars capped with gilt wooden capitals.

A mid 18th century thirty hour posted frame longcase clock movement with ” brass dial and two hands signed P(eter) Bower Redench. Loomes lists Peter Bower as working by c Nice smaller dial dial with smaller size rococo style spandrels.

Very elegant small antique oak longcase grandfather clock of eight day duration. The oak case stands just 80 inches high. The trunk carries a long arched-top trunk door edged with moulding. The hood has an arched top with brass Corinthian full front columns and rear quarter columns. Use of dentil moulding is made around the hood top with two brass ball finials. The original brass framed movement is of eight day duration with the hours sounding on a single bell.

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Barber, Winsters, a late 18th Century oak longcase clock, having a 12″ square brass dial with silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, set moon phase, date aperture and 8 day striking bell, two train movement, associated.

Contact The care and maintenance of longcase clocks Longcase clocks, are known as Grandfather clocks, and tall case clocks in the USA. If properly cared for, longcase clocks will give hundreds of years faithful service. Their value can only increase if they are looked after, and by seeking the services of a competent horologist, it is possible to maintain a clock in near original condition for a very long time indeed.

Moving the clock Firstly, remove the pendulum and weights. This is crucial because otherwise the delicate suspension spring at the top of the pendulum rod will bend, or break. Remove the hood and gently lift the pendulum rod from inside the trunk. Check that the brass piece at the top of the thin suspension spring lifts completely clear of the bracket in which it sits, and let the pendulum down gently, making sure the large brass block at the bottom of the suspension spring passes through the slotted part through which it goes, called the crutch.

The pendulum should descend freely. If it seems to stick, don’t pull, just gently move the pendulum from side to side a little, making sure that the pendulum rod is not twisting, and it should come out. The weights unhook from their pulleys. Winding the clock before removing the weights limits the degree of unravelling of the lines around the barrels.

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M Thomas Caernarfon A very good example of a much underated 18th century clockmaker from North Wales, a brass face arch dial delicately engraved, signed ‘M Thomas Caernarfon’ to the arch. The oak case having architectural hood, tapering wooden turned pillars, shell fruitwood inlay at the door and base, long crossbanded oak door and case, stood on solid plinth base.

The movement serviced and running very well in the showroom. A pleasing well proportioned welsh provincial clock.

Ok so youve got a grandfather clock and you want to know roughly how old it is. Here are some basic paramaters to allow you to see the date ranges of the various features so you can get an idea without doing a whole load of reasearch on makers and suchlike.

Your guide to antique pottery marks, porcelain marks and china marks Dating Antique Clocks Tips to help you estimate the age and date of your antique clock. Dating Antique Clocks can be an exact science providing you have the right reference books and the proper experience. Like knowing when certain features were introduced or certain materials became available.

A few simple things that can point you in the right direction and at the correct period for your antique wall clock, advertising clock or bracket clock. The construction of various parts can and will help in dating your antique clock. Specifically the style and type of clock hand and the dial, both of which have varied over time.

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Date Wheel Replacement There are many ways that an English Longcase clock can have a calendar feature, I would think the most common is where the calendar aperture is below the centre of the dial. This system uses one intermediate wheel, driven, from the wheel underneath the snail see later pictures and it has twice as many teeth as its driver, in other words, it rotates once per day. Fixed to this wheel is a pin or lever, which indexes the date wheel.

In the example here, where the calendar dial is in the arch, there are 3 intermediate wheels, which are missing.

English Longcase This chart will give an approximate date for your painted dial longcase clock. Dating chart Compiled by Jon Kneebone.. Feature.

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Antique Longcase / Grandfather Clocks

One encounters moon dials on clocks from virtually every country, and in every size of clock or timepiece from huge public tower clocks right down to wristwatches. Taken to its extreme, these displays can also incorporate an orrery or planetarium, showing the present position of the known planets in the earth’s solar system, but all we are concerned with here is the more commonly-seen “moon dial” on grandfather clocks from England and America.

Why a moon dial?

The earliest longcase clocks featured square brass dials. The dial size increased from 10” (sometimes 9” on 30 hour longcase’s) through 11”, 12” and so on, generally getting larger as the centuries went by.

Antique clock antique clarck, azerbaycan baku, azerbaijan We have an ancient clock of centuries of British production. I want to sell. You can see the clock in the picture. All documents are available. Granddaughter clocks were mostly made popular in the The classic London case with quarter fluted columns either side of the long arched trunk door.

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Links The Longcase Clock Reference Book This fully revised and enlarged second edition of The Longcase Clock Reference Book considers all aspects of the longcase clock, from the late seventeenth century to the Victorian era. The first volume studies the clock trade, and how it was organised, both in the large cities and rural areas. It is shown that clockmakers relied heavily on the services of other craftsmen:

Mahogany Longcase Clocks – P A Oxley Antique Clocks An impressive early London mahogany antique longcase clock. The 8 day duration 5 pillar movement striking the hours on a bell with an arched brass dial with separate silvered brass chapter ring, matted centre, subsidiary seconds ring and strike/silent facility to the arch.

Antique clock antique clarck, azerbaycan baku, azerbaijan We have an ancient clock of centuries of British production. I want to sell. You can see the clock in the picture. All documents are available. The case with cross grain mouldings and marquetry with designs of flowers, birds and grotesques. The trunk and plinth Granddaughter clocks were mostly made popular in the The classic London case with quarter fluted columns either side of the long arched trunk door.

The base with a raised panel We have an extensive and varied stock specialising The case has a stylish typical Edinburgh horn top with carved flowerheads on the ends of the horns, and two fluted full columns

Dating Antique Clocks

Quality information on Antique clocks at Gutlin Antique Clocks Product was successfully added to your shopping cart. Do we ever ask ourselves how this invention has affected our lives and how important is it to us all?. Well the clock affects our daily lives more than any other invention but because we take this incredible piece of science for granted do we ever stop and ask ourselves who invented clocks and the subdivision of time?.

In the beginning of the very first days of time, the middle ages of European life was based upon agriculture and controlled by the seasons.

The inch brass has a moonphase disc in the arch, a subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture to the engraved matted centre, and is signed on the silvered chapter ring Hadwen, Liverpool. 4 pillar 8 day movement, rack striking on a bell.

Short 10″ pendulum and verge escapement. Because of the short pendulum it could stand on a table, but the timekeeping was poor. Another Lantern clock, C , with the “new” long pendulum and anchor escapement this clock had to be hung on the wall to run. Often known as “hoop and spike” clocks because of the iron hoop to hang the clock from, and the spikes at the bottom to dig in the wall and keep the clock steady. From now on the timekeeping of clocks improved by a huge amount using the longer pendulum and “anchor” escapement.

Around the same period, with a slightly larger dial and a wooden hood to keep the dust out of the clock movement. Still the same lantern clock movement inside, but without the expensive brass body. It would not be long before the weights and pendulum were enclosed altogether to stop the pendulum being knocked accidentally when walking past the clock.

The first fully-enclosed clock known dates to , the one pictured here was made by Edward East in London, dated Now instantly recognisable as a longcase, or “grandfather” clock. This style lasted for two hundred years till around , when huge imports of cheap mass-produced German and American clocks put an end to longcase manufacture for good.

Only a few custom-built grandfather clocks were made after this date. Brass Dials If your grandfather clock has a brass dial, it was probably made in the period between and , and most likely between and The ones made before are very rare.

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