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Antique Tall Case Clocks, Grandfather, American clocks, wall, Terry, Whiting. brass chapter ring, matted dial center with date aperture and seconds dial; . The door opens to a brass dial with reticulated gilt-brass spandrels; brushed dial. JOHN BRYAN OF LONDON George Mahogany III longcase clock. £3, Worboys Antiques A fine George III period Scottish silvered dial longcase. Price On. Clocks Magazine: The anniversary clock. Brass dials pre-dated longcase clocks, being used for lantern and table clocks of much earlier times. We do know .
During the last quarter of the century, however, the painted enamel face was introduced, and by the s had gained predominance among clockmakers. Longcase clocks built in the 18th century manner usually have fairly long cases between the hood containing the dial and mechanism and the base plinth.
During the 19th century, the plinths tended to become larger and the vertical pendulum case much shorter, thus altering the proportions. Longcase clocks made during the s and s often look quite stubby, even though the overall height remained much the same.
Australian longcase clocks dating from the colonial period are very scarce and very expensive. 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. Antique English Georgian green lacquer chinossiere decorated long case clock, movement by Jacob Odell St Albans, the dial with subsidiary second dial, calendar aperture, the trunk with green chinossiere decoration has key and pendulumapprox 2.
An 18th century longcase clocksigned Josh Kember Shaw, the brass dial chapter ring and spandrels with rococo engraved and cast decoration, the plain Georgian style case in oak. A French provincial comtoise elm long case clock 18th century the Roman numeral dial with hammered brass surround depicting a farmer ploughing the field, the case set with a glazed lenticle standing on plinth base. Georgian long cased clock by Davies of Cheltenham.
19th Century, Other - Grandfather Clocks
Swans neck top with gilded eagle and globe finials; marquetry shell inlay to walnut veneer column decorated case. Pendulum, no weights, damage to foot. An 18th century longcase clocksigned John Christian, Aylsham, the brass dial, chapter ring and spandrels below an opening. Engraved 'Tempus Fugit', enclosing a painted figure of Father time, the rustic case in oak. This was phased out by about The chapter ring also has half-quarter markers, these were very unusual after first quarter 18th century, figure 8.
The dial plate has wheatear engraving all around the outer edges, figure 9, a feature of the better clocks, but again phased out by first quarter of the 18th century. The dial plate is solid, so it is likely a London dial. Provincial dial plates often have cartwheel type cut-outs behind the chapter ring to save brass. The spandrels are of the female head type which were used between andfigure The arch has dolphin spandrels.
These latest features now suggest that the dial was not made for this clock, and is probably 70 to 80 years older than the movement and case. If we examine the back of the dial we will find several sets of holes, figure Not only was this dial re-drilled to fit this movement, but the chapter ring could also be foreign to the dial.
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There are two sets of chapter ring mounting holes. Being observant, we will also see that the striking and chiming winding arbors pierce the chapter ring through its inner edge and into the quarters circle, figure Prior would likely not have done that!
All three winding arbors would have been in the centre section of the dial plate. Examination of the centre section of the dial, which would normally be matted brass on London clocks of the time, shows that this has been cut out and replaced, figure Although carefully done, it was obviously replaced to remove inappropriately positioned winding holes and possibly a name.
The engraving in this new centre section does not match the rest of the dial, figure We can see that the dial fits very well into the case and hood. We would expect the movement to fit the dial well because the mounting holes were drilled to make it fit well.
So if we have a foreign dial, and no packing or adjustments to the seatboard, why does it fit so well? Careful scrutiny of the case shows that new cheeks have been glued into the case to achieve a near perfect fit, figure This would fool most casual observers. The change seems to have been made some time ago! After aboutthe tune became very popular on many quarter chiming clocks. This clock chimes the quarters on eight bells, but strikes the hours on a gong attached to the backboard, figure Gongs however, were not used in and were generally not in use until much later in the 19th century, a late Victorian preference.
As figure 18 shows, we have: A late 18th century case, c 2. An early 18th century dial, c 3. A mix of weights, probably, cc Given this information therefore, it is highly probable that this clock was modified and made up in the last quarter of the 19th century, obviously from old and new to the time parts.
The movement probably was originally made to fit a 13in or 14in dial plate. The average age however, is still well over years old, so at least we do have a genuine antique!Trieste Howard Miller Grandfather Clock
This clock is an obvious marriage. The name George Prior was almost certainly added years after he was an active maker. Did George Prior ever see any part of this clock?
Maybe, but we will probably never know. His name could have been the one that was cut from the original dial. This process has thus taught us that: We cannot date this clock from the name on the dial, 2.
Unfortunately today, many clocks are in a similar condition, give or take a few alternative changes.
What we do know about this clock is that the parts individually are of good design and of high quality, and likely from reputable makers. We also have a stately looking longcase clock that will likely give another years of enjoyment. Given the pleasing lines and the quality of the components, it is easy to imagine its attraction to antique clock lovers.
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