The Longcase Clock
First published in 1981, The Longcase Clock has established itself as the standard work of reference on the subject. This revised edition contains a completely new chapter on recent discoveries and even more colour illustrations.
The longcase or 'grandfather' clock is arguably the most interesting and at the same time most useful antique available to the collector and this is the most detailed and copiously written book on the subject. What is so special about the longcase clock?
Firstly, the longcase is almost unique in blending fine examples of cabinet work and clock mechanism in one piece.
Secondly, the range of cabinet work and the evolution of clockwork over the 150 years covered by this book is immense, so there is a wide choice open to the collector, who will find that if he chooses with care he has an antique which contributes to the atmosphere of a room by much more than the space it occupies.
Thirdly, the claim for the longcase clock as the king of antiques can be advanced on the grounds that, as well as being beautiful, it is highly practical, for most examples can be persuaded to keep time accurately enough for domestic needs.
Finally, the longcase clock has, more than most antiques, a particularly regional quality and again the author's lucid approach helps the reader to identify these variations.
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Colour Section 114
Important Samuel Knibb clock c 166870 2
Regulator by Robert Hynam probably c 1790 12
Setting the Stage
The Beginning 16581670
The Anchor Escapement
Developments in Clock Design 16701700
The Age of Elegance 17001750
Colour Plate 12 Clock by Perry in burr walnut case c 1705
Colour Plate 14 Clock by Morgan in green japanned case c 1765
Capital and Country 17501800
Colour Plate 16 Clock by Ramsbottom in Sheraton style case c 1795
Colour Plate 17 Enamelled dial of clock by Radford c 1775
Colour Plate 19 Clock by Wright Woolley in mahogany case c 1790
Colour Plate 21 Regulator by Frodsham in mahogany case c 183035
Colour Plate 1 Clock by Coward in floral marquetry case c 168085 19
Colour Plate 6 Month clock by Johnson in floral marquetry case c 1685
Lacquered or Japanned Cases
Colour Plate 8 Clock by Clark in black japanned case c 1730
Telling the Time at Night
Colour Plate 10 Grande sonnerie clock by Quare in marquetry case c 171618
The Quest for Accuracy
Repair Restoration and Faking
Some Later Discoveries
Imperial to metric measurements