Dating longcase clock cases dating longcase clock cases
English clockmakers crafted clocks with brass dials from about 1680 to 1770.Early brass-dial grandfather clocks had only one clock hand, since to clock owners, the hour of the day was more important than minutes.Painted longcase and grandfather clock dials are found in many different sizes and styles, English clock dials are generally square or arched top, usually makers did apply their name to the dials of clocks they made, however Painted dial do deteriorate over time with sunlight, fires, and smoking, detail fades and can be rubbed away with cleaning and making it difficult to identify a maker.
But it wasn't until about 1670 when clockmakers mastered the workings of the pendulum for accurate timekeeping in conjunction with an anchor escapement -- the mechanical device that gives a pendulum its swing.At this earliest period an eight-day clock (without case) would cost about £5.00, a thirty-hour one about half of that.An oak case for a longcase clock in simple form at this early period would cost about one pound - whether for eight-day or thirty-hour made little difference. Theres actually a third question that is rarely asked, usually deliberately (or ignorantly) ignored, and a subject that the owner would often prefer not to investigate. Is my clock authentic and original in all respects?
The worth (or value) will of course be concluded by looking at the best clocks available in a respectable dealers showroom.
A pine case, usually sold originally with a painted surface, cost about half the price of oak, at ten shillings (£0.50).