When I first started my antique clock collection, the first thing I noticed was how little I knew about the clocks I had.
There are so many styles and types of clocks, made by so many clock makers and from so many countries, that I was totally lost. I’m still a long way from knowing everything though.
Time only clocks have just one winding hole through the dial, usually located in the center of the dial just below the hands.
Most longcase clocks and bracket or mantle clocks have two gear trains and are thus striking clocks.
During the Regency period (from roughly 1715 to 1723), bracket clocks, which had been popular a century before, came back into prominence.
By the time Louis the Sixteenth assumed the throne (he reigned from 1774 to 1791 and was executed in 1793), clockmakers were producing highly accurate regulators, skeleton clocks whose exposed works were protected from dust by glass domes, and mantel clocks festooned with everything from bronze Greek and Roman statuary to cherubs. Housed in elaborate cast-bronze or gold-leaf-on-wood frames (cartel is French for frame), these French wall clocks often featured Roman numerals on white dials surrounded by gilt garlands and figurines.Mechanical antique clocks come in various forms, either floor standing grandfather (longcase) clocks, wall hanging clocks, shelf and mantle clocks and bracket or table clocks.Antique clocks can be powered either by weights acting under gravity, or by springs.As the name implies, this document refers to mechanical clocks that were made more than 100 years ago.Mechanical clocks however, have continued to be made well into the 20th century and are still being made today.One of the many makers of these sorts of clocks, as well as other styles, was Frederick Japy, whose Japy Freres would become the leading French clockmaker in the 19th century.From the 18th century onward, longcase clocks were made in Normandy at Saint-Nicholas-d'Aliermont, near Dieppe.However you might end up with your special clock, you probably would like to identify, date and generally learn more about it. You can post your clock here for other visitors to see.If these visitors have knowledge of your clock, they can post comments about it here.” Most people do not collect antique clocks per se, but end up with one or two clocks that were handed down from family members.Some people will see a clock at an antique store that would look good in a certain room of their house, and end up with it that way.I have concentrated on the American clock companies for my collection, so there is much for me to learn about clocks from outside the US.The question I get most from the comment form on this web site is: “What can you tell me about this clock?Like knowing when certain features were introduced or certain materials became available.