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Can anyone further identify this clock, its antique value, and suggest on who might have great interests in acquiring it?
C Ives clock. Made in Bristol Conn. It is an 8 day clock. There is no manufacturer listed on it,it just says Germany on the face. It's really cool I need the Wm.
She was uncertain if it's age or value, but guessed years. It measures, 11cm H8cm W6,5cm D. It has a white enamel face. It had layers and layers of paint on it when it was purchased.
My mom removed the paint in Can you help identify this clock? This New Haven clock was one of them. The clock seems to be old, but I don't know much about it. It was from her dowry. It used to have a glass dome over it. I would like some information about the clock, such as when was it made and how much is Stag Clock by W. I would like to learn more about this clock.
I have been searching everywhere and can't find one quite like this. My mother purchased this clock in an antique shop in London while living there in the early 80's. She paid pounds for it at that time. However I was able to glue it back together so it looks original. Can anyone tell me about this awesome Seth Thomas Mantle clock? Any info would be appreciated. We think it Adamantine, single column, roman numeral face. Manufactured around The clock is in perfect working order and looks like new.
I am trying to determine Would like to know who made this clock and what date? Well, where to start? This clock is that black wood color and has twin wood pillars on both sides. It has many markings on it, some of which are very hard Wm. On the back the stamp has a Capitol No. I can't seem to find any info on this clock except that it was made betweem and Help me find out about my old clock please I purchased this clock in Pennsylvania 5 years ago, and I don't know anything about it.
The face is hand painted. I would like to know the approximate date of manufacture and the price I might expect if I sell Want more info on E. I would like to know the approximate date of manufacture and the price I might expect if I sell it. I believed it was a prize awarded my grandfather in a gymnastics contest. I grew up listening to it, and Beautiful clock!
But who is the maker? I bought the clock at a Swedish auction in In the catalogue, the clock was described as "a small mantle clock in empire style, 19th century". I was Clock given to W.
She told me that he had bought it at Sears, but I wonder if it might be older than that. It is a Seth Thomas mantel clock. It is in above average condition and works to this day. I Grandmother Clock needs an identity! I know very little about this grandmother clock except it is no newer than It is a wind up but there is no key. It says 8 wood plate "L. It is signed in 2 places and initialed on the back door beneath a white sticker. I'd like to know if any of W. The glass door was broken off, the figure was loose, and the hands were loose.
The back board of the clock says Ardine, Patented Sept 1, ? The clock Son give's Mom a clock! The cab has a light when turned on the red Help me restore a Derry Mfg. Derry N. It has a head of a man on the top. The door is all glass, with a design on the lower half. I am assuming that it is a Seth Thomas clock, it has the letters ST inside a diamond on the painted glass. Model No. This clock is miles away in a home that needs to be cleared.
It no longer works but looks good. It came home with a Great-Grandfather from his Merchant Marine days. It was made in the mid 60s. It keeps perfect time. It is a great looking piece, but I have no idea about it or who made it. It semi-works I'm not sure how to use What is this label telling us? Dad obtained this clock at an estate sale 40 years ago. It has been displayed just as he brought it home. It has half a label on the back. I was told by a clock guy who oiled it or cleaned it for One of a kind?
All I can tell you is that I have possibly dated it to around the 's. It is a key wind clock and runs perfectly. I love it when it's lit. The maker was United Clock Corp. It is an E. Ingraham Company clock made in Bristol, Conn.
It does not have the handles Can anyone please identify my clock? Hi, I have an Antique clock - the identical clock as in the picture although I am missing the base. The clock and alarm work. He got the clock from an employer many years earlier. I don't know much about this clock. I'm thinking it is from the late 's. The name on the face of the clock says Gilbert After searching on the internet it looks like a banjo clock.
It still runs now that I put a new plug on it. The key wind works. There are no clock maker IDs on the face or movement. The top of the clock cabinet has a carved New haven Clock Company - Help me date it and more! This is the second clock I am posting on this site. Unlike the first, the paper label on the back is intact.
This is the only reason I know the maker. She told me it is a Seth Thomas fromhowever, I have not been able to locate any information on it.
I know it's a Waterbury, but other than that I haven't a clue. It is probably a reproduction as it is made of plastic looks gothic. Not sure what it is worth. Noticed the same type of clock is posted on this website as well.
Any help is appreciated. Can someone help me determine how much this Waterbury Regulator style 8 day wind up clock made in is worth? Any help would be appreciated. I love and buy keyed clocks all the time and this one has me baffled. Louis, MO in the early 'sI've heard it is much older but don't really know.
Any info is appreciated. They were both killed in a car accident so I really don't have a history on it except my dad Need more information! I have an E. Welch 8-day kitchen clock I need more information about. My wife's sister came by it in an opp shop.
It is my task to make it go again. It is a wall clock without glass over the face. I dont Help Me Sleep! As a kid, I remember the chime had a very nice sound to it.
In the middle of the dial, it says Seth Thomas and it kind of somehow resembles a Seth Thomas Need information on E. Ingraham clock. All I know is that this clock has Seth Thomas' signature in cursive in the center of its dial.
Can anybody help? It is a mantle clock L. The writing on it indicates "L. Mayer Germany no jewels". The clock looks like it might be mahogany. It's a beautiful clock, if a little F. It is a porcelain or china clock that Rare Ansonia Clock?
I inherited this clock from my late father. The time is on top face and it says "patented on Dec 28, ".
The month and day of week are on The clock in Mom's Atttic. It had been in the attic since I remember about 8 years old that was 40 years ago.
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It was made by Sessions Clock Company, is about 3 foot tall a wall When was my clock made? I am told that my cuckoo clock was made in the 's. The manufacturer was Phillip Haas to the best of my knowledge. The clock was made by the E. It has a NO.
I'm sure it was his parents or grandparents clock. It has a carved casing I think in oak. The face is brass with three brass weights. It chimes every 15 minutes and has a silent lever at 3 o'clock. I am in the process of restoring I got this at a yardsale. On the back, most of the label is gone. What I can read of it is says "eight day, half hour strike, cathedral gong, turn back clock". Gilbert Clock Company of Winsted, Conn. At the top of the dial it says 'Pat Mar The clock keeps perfect time.
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The movement number is I'm only Can anyone help me identify Grandfather Clock from Berlin? I wish that I knew more about the clock that sat in our livingroom for all my days growing up. I didn't know anything about the Sessions clock but I just loved this Ansonia clock I know nothing about clocks. I know it's an Ansonia clock. It was made in Thomaston, Connecticut.
I have the receipt from when my great grandpa Holdridge purchased it Dec. There was no information about the clock from the auction house. The clock maker's name Is this an antique clock? My Mother recently passed away and she had this clock that has no markings on it at all. It was included with the purchase Please help Identify this clock I just bought this sweet, pine grandfather clock The clock is a United one.
It has a night light lamp in the covered wagon. It was made by Seth Thomas, but does not look like any others I have seen. I don't know much about this clock, its a longcase clock that has "Tryall Rider Manchester" printed on the top of the clockface. It is a double wind weight driven clock.
He was staitioned in Germany in It is said to be unique. This has a ball bearing driven clock mechanism. It is brass? In pencil on the back Is it French, English or some other origin? This clock came from the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago and was inherited by us. We know absolutely nothing about it. I was told it is a "Captain's Mantle Clock. They brought it over from Germany in It is a Waterbury "Edmond" mantel clock in good condition with the key.
Can anyone tell me more about it. I want to know what the name of this clock is so I can find some replacement dials. Hi there, I recently acquired this clock at a flee market. However, I have no idea how old it is, the only thing I know is it's made by William L. Gilbert, Antique Picture Clock? This clock was brought back from Germany by my grandparents many years ago. No one ever got the information from them as to its origin etc. I have been told it may be a Ansonia clock or from France. I saw it in a little shop and just had to have it.
I don't have any information on it. I wish I had some spectacular story about it, but I don't. I bought this clock in Puttenlage Aux Lacs, 8 years ago. On the face it reads Trend. On the back panel the model number says Sligh cl, Clock from Abandoned House!
A couple had moved out of their house and left all of their stuff behind. My husband and I were the first to go through the house. The dealer was, I think, Henry Brown. Dad bought it for her for Christmas. Hi there, I am curious to find out more about an antique clock I acquired through my mother. I believe it belonged to my grandfathers uncle and I assume Help me ID this clock.
Hopefully someone can help me. It is bronze with bat, ball, stumps and bails. There is one leaf in front of the bird and one behind it.
It states Brass Clock, Spring Clock. I believe it needs to be wound every two days. Around 10 yrs E. Any-way, mine doesn't work either, at least not consistantly. It was my wife's aunts. It has a German timepiece and takes a large 1. It is made by the Waterbury Clock Company What a find on a clock? Hello all, I live in Bolton England, UK and yesterday whilst looking in a shop, I instantly fell in love with a clock that was begging me to save it.
Picture of the front. I have looked for months. Maybe one of you can help me I. I have recieved recently a mantel clock. I have had it approximatly 10 to 15 years. The back is stamped Ingraham, U. Does anyone know more about it? Somebody asked me to sell it. I don't know what is it worth. It stand approximately 6 foot tall, has 3 three weights and 3 chains.
Old Long clock the face says Terry at top of dial and at bottom it says [Masham?. It has a painting at top of a female figure in a landscape. I have a Imhof carriage? Is is an 8 day 15 jewel swiss movement. What interested me about it was: 1. History of presumed maker states that he lived from 31day. So if anyone can help, it will be much appreciated. At least I assume they are dutch since there are windmills, etc.
He is currently ill and does not have time to fidget New Haven Clock - can anyone help? Hello everyone. I was looking for information about this clock.
It's a New Haven clock and it looks like it's either bronze or it was re-painted. In side the first dust cover is two hallmarks: Antique Clock? Company Inc. It is a New Haven clock, that much I have been able to figure out. It seems to work and the chimes are on time. It is also a 31 day clock. Any help would be great. Its believed to have been purchased in the early 's in Missouri. It's rectangular in shape and 2 ft tall. I inherited two clocks and was trying to learn more about them and also to see what they might be worth.
I am not sure if this one works don't Inherited Treasure? I inherited two clocks and would love to learn a little more about them, and of course, what they might be worth. Its in great condition still working. On the face it says its made by Seth Thomas Car Clock?
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I have what appears to be an in dash silver cased clock dated Dec. I bought this clock at an estate sale over 20 years ago. My Father is deceased, but would of been 87 as of today in It is one of the first tall case clocks to have an alarm installed on it. It has since fallen into disrepair and needs an overhaul to get it running again.
Wood scroll carving on top. Also PAT. DEC 23, I have a mantel clock that was owned by my great-grandfather in the early 20th century, possibly before. It is a woman's mantel clock. Maconic symbols. Japy Fils. Marble MantelClock.
I bought this clock in Belgium on an antique market some 20 years ago. Its a heavy black marble mantle clock with symbols of freemasonry I think. BristolConn. All I know is that it started out with my great-grandfather and has worked its way to me. It still works perfectly. We've searched and searched only to find a couple pictures of other clocks similar Auction purchase cont. Here is a picture of the back. Here you can see the workings very typical of Sessions clocks so far as I have seen.
It is a Sessions clock according to the label and info I have found online. Gilbert clock company in Winsted, CT. The clock I believe is the Yale model. That is what is on L. F Moreau - a nice old clock. Hello all.
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Greetings from South West Michigan. Picked up this clock at an estate auction few years ago. I dont know a bunch about it. On the inside of it on the works it has a name E. It is a thumb wind with two light bulbs.
If I get by these questions, I have several concerning the door on the case, I'm a clock illiterate. This is a Sessions mantel clock that has a chime. It has 2 keys and "bob" with an "S" on it that is not fastened to the clock. We brought this to our local clock repair store and the gentleman there told us it was black onyx.
It has both clock and chime windings.
The back plate of the movement has beautifully engraved on it "Jacob Degen in Wein". No brand names of any kind on this clock. It has no name that is visiable on it. It has Westminister chimes. The face has no manufacturer name and says only "Made in United States J.
Bennett has been in my wife's family for several hundred years. I think it dates to the late 18th century. I would like to know more about it, Occidental by William L.
From the design, it appears it may be Russian to me. Again, any info on a maker, age, etc. It's got beautiful wood. That's what I know.
I'd like to find out what its worth. It says Edward Glasgow on the front face. Also, made in France. It has the initials P F on back of the clock. Any information about it is greatly appreciated. Need info on E Ingraham Co. Please let us know if anyone has information about this clock. The wood on the bottom it's like a little shelf seems to be added on. Junghans Also appears to be Leitner? Would appreciate your help in identifying. My mother had it, not sure when she bought it.
I have been able to find some references to and IE model but nothing on the IW. I was wondering how old this clock is.
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I think it's onyx, but maybe it's marble? It is heavy and black, stands about a What's my clock worth? My mom always called it a baby grandfather clock. I think of it as a mantle clock. It's a Gilbert from Conn. Is stamped on the face. It's all Passed on through the family. It has an eight day chime and three winding holes. It has no name or any writing on it apart from under the glass front casing where it says silent or WM.
Is was sold to us as " an WM. Gilbert 8 day kitchen clock with alarm". It was my grandfathers clock and was given to me after my father passed. I want to find out what era it is, the maker Salvation army store. Hello, my name is James and I bought a clock from a Salvation Army store recently. Winsted, Conn. I don't know much about this clock, it left from my grandmother. I hear story that it was made in Vienna, Can you help me identify my antique clock? I have had this over 30 years.
Also in the back there is a type of door and inside tells the history of clock. Gold inlay on clock window Excellent condition and still working with chimes. It has the label on the back with the word, Timon. The case is made out of green malachite and is very Helping a handicap friend identify. My friend lost a leg and broke his neck so he really doesn't get around too well.
His uncle from NJ recently gave him a grandfather clock. It is quite beautiful and is painted in toned down colors.
Anyhow, Seth Thomas 8 day alarm clock with 7 jewels. Gilbert Clock in Limoges ? We acquired this in the mid s. My Uncle was a collector living in Michigan and was staying with us. I have no idea of how old or how much it is worth. Neither of us knew anything accept that in was in the family. What is about the age of this Circa30 hr.
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It is model and has a Westinghouse clock mech. The clock is a Seth Thomas Brass ship's clock or engine room clock. On the back is a label which reads Vernon strike. My family was cleaning out the attic and found this beautiful old clock. Here is a little info I got from the back of it. It might be cast iron with a copper-colored plating? It is numbered backwards fromgray and is blocky shaped.
I found this clock at a senior citizen's thrift shop. It is numbered Ne c. Size: 18" long X 4. It also has the name Champion M. The main body measures 11" wide x 16" tall x 3. All I know is that on the front it says gilbert and Model number Capitol no. It looks like oak. Its in excellent condition.
I don't know any thing else. I would greatly appreciate any information on this clock. Thank You, Is it a junghans? Not sure how long Grandpa had it before he passed away in Clock has alternating 12 brass spikes with ball ends and 12 brass spikes.
Clock This United clock was from a friend of my great aunt. I found this picture, but couldn't find any information to go with it. Do the letters HWN mean anything. Wind up clock works great and bell rings on the half hour and hour. All brass works.
Found in garage sale 25 years ago, no chains or weights. It is a horse with a clock shaped like a horse shoe. Both in an auction and for insurance. Thanks for your information and time. I found an image of the exact clock, but other than that I can't find a date or value. There's a sailboat on the glass on the front. Well, I've searched all over and Google to try to identify this clock. Is there any way to find out if they are worth repairing?
Wanted to see the works but couldnt get into them Any value to this clock? This clock was handed down from my ancestors, but I have no idea as to its value if any. The frame is wood, though I don't know what kind. A makers mark? It has an oval with an F on the left, a gearlike thing in the middle and a C on the right. She is unburdening herself of all her collections and accumulations. It still works although I have been trying to adjust how slow or fast it runs.
On the back, molded into the porcelin is the words, St Geo. It does run and keeps fairly good time.
This is a Waterbury Mantel Clock that has an alarm bell you can set on it. It has a wire coil that the hammer strikes. The case is made out of walnut. It is drawn by one horse and had a light post with a light. From what little I know, it came over to the U. I can't find any name on this one. What is this school clock? My wife has had this clock for years. This is not an exact photo. Ours has a 31 day calendar, but is otherwise a dead ringer.
How old is it? There is no writing on the face of the clock or on the back. I recently was given this clock that belonged to my Great Heavy Ansonia clock All I know is that it says Ansonia square pirate clock on the clock face and it is very heavy. Seth Thomas Clock? I'm guessing it was purchased in or there about. On the back it says Eclipse made by E.
Welch Manufacturing Co. The label says: Lake No. I have the following information from the clock. The tag on Got the Banjo Look-the pickin kind The finish is in new condition to me. No scratches. No fade and paper is not at all discolored or faded or scratched. I am so sorry. Here is the Fell in love with the face Nothing other than that I bought it at a flea market in North Carolina. I wondered year of manufacture and possible worth.
Just wondered what model and time period and value. It's pretty cool. It is all brass, and the rear of the case has the following serial number: R Can you help Who am I? This clock, from what I am told, was on a ship in the 's possibly spainsh. Piece itself weighs about 80lbs an is I believe alabaster and possible brass. It didn't work, so I had the movement repaired at a clockmakers shop.
I'm staying at my Mom's house due to epileptic seizures. Features ivory colored clock face center with gold embosed numbers with brass details. Does anyone know the approximate year it was made? I am trying to find out how old it is and how valuable. It was given to a family member upon his retirement. It Need more information? Search this site.
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There. An auction. We could tell just by looking at the clock that someone had tried to. He also told me that the wood had a veneer which. I purchased it from an antique store and it is in the original condition.
It was her mother's, who had inherited it from her parents. The clock appears to be quartersawn. I have been told that it is either American or German and that they thought it was made in. I've sold most of them over the years but kept a few that. It has hung and run faithfully for the last 35 years that my family has owned.
I am a volunteer for the organization hosting. There is a clock repair guy near my house that has been working on repairing clocks for about. It seems to function properly. It was given to me by a neighbor who was. It is an. Trying to ID this Black Mantel clock! It sure looks like it by looking at other pictures of clocks. It is black and gold with a standing cylindrical.
German Tall Clock - My childhood charmer! I would. Please help me identify this Enfield clock The face of the clock has an hour hand, a minute hand, three key holes located. Stamped. The case appears to made of walnut and the. It was actually purchased by my father from a friend while visiting in England. New England Clock Co. It is very pretty with dark wood and has the look of.
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The authentication is by the. The columns in front originally. I found this old clock at my grandpa's. On the back of the clock I. It is in excellent condition and works.
I do not recall if has ever worked in those early years but do remember turning the hands to make it. It's black with. The pendulum is. It looks like the "Savarin" model except. The label on. Antique German mantle clock, or not? That's the only. Also, should the pendulum have a thin steel. The clock. I am assuming it is a Seth Thomas clock being that it has a trade.
The. German China Clock, Antique or not? It has a brass bezel around the clock which. Citizen Clock Manufactured by Wm. It has what looks like 4 sunflowers on the front and two other flowers at the. All I can see on the clock itself is West Germany The picture doesn't show it that great.
Manufactured. United Clock Corp. How much is something like. When the face is removed. The sticker. I expect that it was bought in the 's. All we know is it has been in his family for well over 50 years and from the stamp. It runs and sounds beautiful when it chimes on the hour and half.
What is my old clock worth? I would like to sell. It has the "head" of a grandfather. Help me with my clock! It is marked with "West Germany" and nothing more and. The face of the clock is painted, and has floral scenes in the 4 corners with a small. It has Western Germany clock works with. Country clocks often have a rather plain, but nicely proportioned Oak case, often with a flat top, but after the fashion came in to put horns on the top, often decorated with round wood or brass facings.
The "caddy" top was used from tothen the fashion changed to the "pagoda" top, often with three ball and spire decorations screwed on right, left and centre. This type of hood top carried on from right to the end of the brass dial period. Marquetry was used on top-end cases in London from to There are almost no provincial marquetry cases.
Japanned, or Lacquered cases were fashionable from tosome Northern examples are around, but many were stripped back to the wood years ago, when our climate caused the finish to deteriorate badly. Pendulums too have a time progression, to they had a thin wire rod with a small rounded bob, often plain lead. From to the wire rod stayed, but the bob became flattened into a saucer shape, around four inches in diameter, often with a brass case.
The late ones to have a wide flat strip of iron instead of the wire rod, and the same four inch brass-faced bob. Sometimes the bob is cast iron with a decorative pattern, and painted gold or black. Lead weights were always used until C.
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Quality clocks had brass-cased lead weights. Cast Iron weights were used on nearly all painted dial clocks - - - a cast iron weight on a brass dial clock is not original. A good reliable sign of an early clock is the half-hour marker between the big roman numerals being a cross with arrow heads.
The base of the cross runs right down into the chapter ring edge. The same early clocks had the minutes numbered inside the minute band, and quite small C. From the minute ring is moved inwards on the chapter ring, and the numbers engraved outside the minute ring. Another clue - - - the minute number 5 had a short tail untilthis tail grew longer over time, by the tail almost curled right round to form a circle.
Easier to see than describe, but unmistakable once you have seen it. A bit of detective work looking for all the clues, then taking them all together should enable you to have a very good idea of when your clock was made. South in these notes means all the South of England, as far up as the South Midlands. North means Birmingham to Scotland.
If you are thinking of buying a clock, these notes should help you to avoid some of the "altered" clocks, of which there are many - - - unscrupulous antique dealers used to put a good brass dial eight day movement in a nice Mahogany case to increase it's value. Unfortunately there are lots of these clocks around still, if you want a nice original clock you need to know what to look for.
I hope some of the features I have given here will help you make an informed choice of clock. Movement Pillars. No 1 An early period "finned" pillar, often used by London makers, and good provincial clockmakers. Dial Spandrels. These tend to be a better date guide than hands, which were often broken and replaced. London, prevery rare on provincial clocks 2.
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First appeared C, peak use provinces. Often used by Thomas Thompion, but appears. Very popular outside London to Can be seen on the early brass dial pictured above. A large spandrel, mainly used in Northern England. Used in London fromand in the provinces. C to 7.
First appears in the provinces. As above 7 9. First known examplevery popular. First examplebut much used to Provincial pattern, to As above 12 Rococo pattern, used to 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 centers 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.
White dials were first made in Birmingham, England in 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. Two early painted dials, circa to From to aroun again the style of the dial changed slightly.
The minutes were usually dots, and not the lines inside two narrow concentric circles that we are used to, but often the minute numbers changed to the quarters only, instead of every five minutes. The missing numbers were often replaced with little symbols, often looking like stars. At this time it also became fashionable to use Arabic numerals for the hours instead of Roman numerals.
The painted background decoration is starting to spread out too; arched dials have a scene painted in the arch, often with a spray of flowers on each side.
The corner painting is spreading a little too, and the imitation spandrels are now often geometric designs, or a fan shape, or a floral design, which fills the corner. Two middle period dials with Arabic hour numbers. Circa to Now we come to the later clocks, of around to In the North of England after grandfather clocks gradually got bigger and bigger, until by the end of the period some of them were huge - - - the dials were often fifteen inches wide and the clocks were eight feet tall, sometimes nine feet or more.
Given the larger area of dial to be decorated the dial painters went to town, the corner paintings became little masterpieces in their own right, and the decoration spread from the corner right up the side of the dial circle, to meet the next corner painting, and so on. Most of these clocks have an arched dial, and the artist painted in a large scene, often a biblical illustration, or a country scene, a nautical scene, a ruined abbey, or something ordered specially by the customer.
The hours have gone back to Roman numerals and stay that way; the hands are normally highly decorated brass and matching. These brass hands were used after for the rest of the period when grandfather clocks were made, in other words up topossibly in a few rare cases to