English Domestic Clocks
Antique Collectors' Club, 1976 - Antiques & Collectibles - 353 pages
This book is one of the classic works on British clockmaking and remains by far and away the best account of the development of the main types of clocks since the middle of the seventeenth century. Perhaps the secret of the book's success is that it was written by experts who were themselves keen collectors and, therefore, covered in depth the type of clocks available to collectors. They steered clear of the trap of discussing one-off historically interesting examples which collectors may never see and will certainly never own. They explained in lucid English just how clocks work, the results of the introduction of the pendulum, and the subsequent development of longcase (grandfather), bracket and lantern clocks. Generations of clock enthusiasts have learned to date a clock from the invaluable illustrated chronology of hands, dials, spandrels and to learn to judge the quality of a wide variety of clocks. It is, therefore, the ideal companion for anybody interested in the subject.
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CHAP THE PROBLEM OF THE MEASUREMENT OF TIME
THE LAW OF THE PENDULUM
THE REGULATION OF DOMESTIC CLOCKS
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alarum aperture Arabic numerals back plate bells Bolt-and-shutter maintaining power bracket clocks Brass Lantern brass mounted carved centre Chippendale CLOCK DIALS clockmaker corner-pieces corners Date about 1790 Day of month decorated deep depth of waist Dial 17 dial in arch Dial of Fig disc ebony Eight-day Striking Clock eighteenth century elaborate enamelled dial English engraved Enlarged Dial example fashion floral marqueterie frets Fromanteel furniture ground high x high x 12 hood hour circle hour hand hour-ring illustrated John John Ellicott lacquer lantern clocks later locking-plate London long-case clocks Mahogany marqueterie minute divisions minute hand moulding movement Oak case veneered original oscillations panelled pattern pendulum period pinion Pull repeater regulator Roman numerals satin-wood seconds Sheraton shown silvered dial specimens square dial Strike-silent Striking and Chiming style subsidiary dial swing THOMAS Thomas Tompion Tompion usual veneered with walnut Verge escapement walnut and inlaid wheel wide width of waist winding holes