Dating antique clocks
The object is not just to provide collectors with collated information, but to present a unique pictorial record to help dealers and collectors to date English clocks by their case styles.
The longcase series is very representative and to fill gaps in the historical record of bracket (table) clocks, a new series of style drawings is provided. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously.
Almost all of these early clocks were of 30 hour duration but the 8 day and month duration longcase clocks followed very closely.
There were even some made that were of year duration.
Chances are excellent that: Feet are particularly at risk and are often missing or incorrectly replaced.
With some research and a close inspection of your clock case, dial, and movement, you'll have a pretty good idea of what has been done to your clock, and whether it was done properly or not.
Given a long history and the fragility of the object, changes have most probably been made.
All restoration isn't bad; it's just necessary to know what and where it is.
As far as valuation goes-- and this is nearly always the second question ("..old is it and what's it worth?
In addition, there is a new text that deals specifically with dating a clock by its movement, dial and case, with guidance on 'improvements' and 'marriages', when a case and a movement do not belong to each other. Therefore it will show signs of wear and previous use.
The origins of the longcase clock are somewhat confused but it seems that they originated from the lantern clock.
By a series of coincidences most of the original plates and pictures for two of the books came into the author's possession.