Dating brass dial clock

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It’s quite easy to date a painted dial longcase clock.Follow the simple instructions below and you’ll soon get the hang of it. They fall into three distinct types, commonly known as period one(1770-1800), two (1800-1825) and three(1825-1860). Whereas period one corner decoration tends to be simple gold scrollwork OR little flowers, fruit or the occasional bird, period two dials TEND to have either geometric shapes, or shells, or abstract patterns – usually with a little more colour than period one.1) Period 1 – 1770 – 1790 Painted dial manufacture and painting was started in Birmingham by two individuals called Osborne and Wilson.They were in partnership between 17 , they later went there own ways producing dials on their own merit, Wilson died in 1809.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.It is true to say Birmingham dominated the market in painted grandfather clock dial production, but there were a few other areas that set-up dial painting and manufacture for example in Halifax and Edinburgh.

– EDINBURGH – clock dials 1832 to 1852 BENNETT, EDWARD – SHEFFIELD – clock dial maker 1816 to 1833 BENNETT, ELIZABETH – SHEFFIELD – clock dial maker 1822 BLOOD, RICHARD – BIRMINGHAM – dial artist & maker 1813 to c1820 BOUCHER, DANIEL – BIRMINGHAM – clock dial painter 1808 to 1812 BROOKE, THOMAS – BIRMINGHAM – clock dials & clock maker 1812 BROWN, WILLIAM – BIRMINGHAM – dial writer 1851 BURGESS, ?The construction of various parts can and will help in dating your antique clock.Specifically the style and type of clock hand and the dial, both of which have varied over time.Painted dials on the other hand were brought out just after C.1770, these were made to compete with the single sheet dial or one-piece brass dial, that was introduced around C.1760.I like to catagorize painted dial grandfather clocks into three seperate time periods.White dial production became very popular in Birmingham in the 18th century and towards the end of the 18th century there were a large number of dial painters situated in Birmingham.

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