T his is a question that someone in our show booth asked every once in a while, and it always threw us a bit. To us, every clock is an individual, no two alike, but the question demonstrates that much of the world doesn't see clocks and other antiques with the same eyes dealers do. Subtle differences of form, construction, and decoration are often quite transparent to someone who might be willing to spend a significant amount of money to fill a space in their home with an antique longcase clock, and those subtleties have a direct bearing on what the price is for that clock. The proper reply, as indeed for all antiques, is that the price is determined by the three factors of age, quality , and condition.
History of timekeeping devices
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C grandfather clock clock repair repair clock. An English lantern clock, made in London around Short 10" pendulum and verge escapement. Because of the short pendulum it could stand on a table, but the timekeeping was poor. Another Lantern clock, C, with the "new" long pendulum and anchor escapement this clock had to be hung on the wall to run. Often known as "hoop and spike" clocks because of the iron hoop to hang the clock from, and the spikes at the bottom to dig in the wall and keep the clock steady. From now on the timekeeping of clocks improved by a huge amount using the longer pendulum and "anchor" escapement.
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A large number of Scottish Longcase Clocks are of pleasing small proportions which fits in well with our modern homes. There was a large Clockmaking community throughout the whole of Scotland but the earlier examples from are certainly rarer than their English counterparts. We have found over the years that the round dial cases from the Edinburgh area are particularly popular for their clean lines and high quality veneers. The Scottish Clockmakers appear to have had their very own case designs and dial makers.
A handsome 18th Cent longcase clock by Nathanial Brown, Manchester. He is listed as working there from to The case is in oak with mahogany cross banding and stands on its original ogee bracket feet. Antiques Atlas. A very attractive early 19th Cent Scottish longcase clock.