Dating Antique Painted Dial Clocks

If there is an A before the number then it can still be a Hermle, but with the Seth Thomas name and numbering system. With the pivot holes oblong, the holes are pinching the pivots and creating resistance in the gear train. With the solidified oil and the pinched pivots, the clock will eventually stop working or chiming. These items have been sold, and the description, image and price are for reference purposes only. Door or Pendulum Door – allows access to weights and pendulum. Spandrels – decorative painted or applied corner frame elements.

Dating a longcase clock

This set of hands is from a danish clock, and is interesting in that while they look very english, they involve two styles. The hour hand is very like the older “one hand” , while the minute hand is in the later english style, of “two hand” dials. It is usual for the seconds and calendar hands to not match the hour/minute hands. Here is dial of a round faced clock, which shows the normal style of hands found on painted round dials. Note the small cross bars on the shaft of the hour hand. This feature was more commonly used on the earlier fusee wall clocks.

The identity of the clock movement itself is what needs to be known in order to get a replacement. This is true for any of the other items such as the dial. So the identification is all about the clock movement only.

See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. Britten cites such sources as collections of tradesmen’s cards owned by the Hon. Gerald Ponsonby, as well as the collection at the British Museum. Clocks and watches in private collections also provided Britten with additional names and dates. One on one help with clocks for all educational levels. Find the perfect Ridgeway movement for your clock.

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Late 17th and early 18th century clocks inspired the cabinetmaker to extraordinary heights in the art of marquetry inlay, very often in the complex and intricate ‘seaweed’ patterns. Standing decorative corner elements, usually with brass or wood turned capitals at the top and bases at the bottom. The columns are often embellished with fluted or reeded grooves. Finial – a wood or cast brass decoration, these are brass ball-and-spire form. Winding Hole and Arbor – a key is inserted here to raise the weights that drive the clock, one for each train, time and strike. Small Second Hand for Hermle Short Shaft a black second hand for Hermle movements.

Made in England or England, Made in France, France, etc. C coiled wire gongs were used in English bracket clocks. C machine made wood screws were introduced in France as early as 1806. Like knowing when certain features were introduced or certain materials became available.

My opinion is not an issue of being disrespectful to another culture but simply respectful of historical evidence. Just to put something in piggy bank of suspicious things on the dial. It is an ordinary German Vienna Regulators (aka Unghans “Le roi a Paris”) hour or minute hand. Also the engravings in S-S ring looks modern, without darkening due to dirt, age and usage. I thing that earlier there was an original clockmakers medallion… I thing that earlier there was an original clockmakers medallion.

Normal Period

McLachlan either retired or passed away prior to the sale date. Newton-Stewart is a former burgh town in the historical county of Wigtownshire in Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland. It is extremely important to remember that there are always exceptions to every rule, and unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions.

You might occasionally see a maintenance message that will last a few minutes at most. The name George Prior was almost certainly added 100 years after he was an active maker. His name could have been the one that was cut from the original dial. We don’t know the reason, whether it was custom-built for a client, assembled by a clockmaker out of spare parts, or whether it was a deliberate forgery to fool the unsuspecting clock lover.

I meerly wanted to point out that being interviewed by the cops or insurance Co. sorta questioned ,well you know. And just cause you rich and spend lots of $ for clocks—don’t make you the expert. But what I have learned from your postings is that your posts show little actual knowledge of clocks, pretending to be an expert in a field that has taught you very little. I don’t want to be accused of commandeering your thread, so this will be my last post here. I think I have contributed enough examples of hands.

17th century longcase clocks are much rarer so we will only consider early 18th century examples at the present. C second hands began to be added to longcase clock dials. C wooden movements were generally used in early American shelf clocks until around 1820. Up until then hand cast and finished brass movements were very expensive. 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. Go past 12 and allow the clock to strike the number indicated .