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Results 1 - 48 of This clock has typical features of longcase clocks made in the later Georgian era. The clock is in the Georgian style but will date from the /30s. . FOR COST OF FUEL, OTHERWISE I WILL GET A QUOTE FROM A. Old ClocksAntique ClocksClock TattoosGrandfather ClocksMoon Watches Antique WatchesAntique WatchesQuotesWatch TattoosRelationshipsOld Watches. He had always been fixing/restoring antique clocks, guns etc. A large date ring like that is usually ratcheted by an extra wheel below and.
The early brass dial clocks only had one hand, because the average person had no need of knowing the time to the nearest minute, and with a bit of practise you can tell the time to the nearest five minutes on one of these early and rare clocks.
By the vast majority of grandfather clocks had two hands, for the hours and minutes. One-handed clocks continued to be made in country areas for a while after From around all these figures are approximate all the way through this article the brass dial clock was made all over England in ever-increasing numbers, and the dials became more ornate as time went on, especially on the eight-day clocks.
Painted dial clocks appeared about toand after this the brass dial clock ceased to be made, again with just a few exceptions in rural areas, especially the far southern counties of England. The new painted dial was cheaper and easier to produce and easier to read by the poor light available at night, so the brass dial was dropped from production over a very brief period, for our purposes it is fair to say that no brass dial clock was made in the big clock making centres after It may be worth a mention here that the clocks we are talking about were no different apart from the dial itself; everything else remained the same in both cases, only the dial changed.
Fortunately the painted dials then followed a certain progression as the fashions slowly changed over time, this means that we can usually date a clock to the nearest five to ten years. The first white dials from to were lovely, simply and sparingly decorated, and with much of the white background showing.
Decoration consisted of spandrels painted on in gold paint in the four corners, probably to resemble the cast brass spandrels fitted to brass dials.
Sometimes a swag of flowers or similar was painted on the dial face, but again very sparingly and restrained. The hands were made of steel, very fine, often blued or blacked and not exactly matching. Another year indication of an early dial is the use of dots for the minutes with small Arabic numerals round the dial at 5, 10, 15 minutes etc.
The hours are marked by Roman Numerals. From to around the style of the dial changed slightly, matching steel hands were used from now on. Description[ edit ] Most of a longcase clock's height is used to hold the long pendulum and weights. The two chains attached to the weights and the lack of winding holes in the dial show this to be a hour clock.
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Traditionally, longcase clocks were made with two types of movement: A clock with an eight-day movement required winding only once a week, while generally less expensive hour clocks had to be wound every day. Eight-day clocks are often driven by two weights — one driving the pendulum and the other the striking mechanismwhich usually consisted of a bell or chimes.
Such movements usually have two keyholes, one on each side of the dial to wind each one. By contrast, hour clocks often had a single weight to drive both the timekeeping and striking mechanisms.
Some hour clocks were made with false keyholes, for customers who wished that guests to their home would think that the household was able to afford the more expensive eight-day clock.
All modern striking longcase clocks have eight-day movements. Most longcase clocks are cable-driven, meaning that the weights are suspended by cables. If the cable were attached directly to the weight, the load would cause rotation and untwist the cable strands, so the cable wraps around a pulley mounted to the top of each weight.
The mechanical advantage of this arrangement also doubles the running time allowed by a given weight drop. Cable clocks are wound by inserting a special crank called a "key" into holes in the clock's face and turning it.
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Others, however, are chain-driven, meaning that the weights are suspended by chains that wrap around gears in the clock's mechanism, with the other end of the chain hanging down next to the weight. To wind a chain-driven longcase clock, one pulls on the end of each chainlifting the weights until the weights come up to just under the clock's face.
Elaborate striking sequences[ edit ] In the early 20th century, quarter-hour chime sequences were added to longcase clocks. At the top of each hour, the full chime sequence sounds, immediately followed by the hour strike. The chime tune used in almost all longcase clocks is Westminster Quarters.