The Longcase Clock

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Antique Collector's Club, 1995 - Antiques & Collectibles - 491 pages
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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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Contents

Colour Section 114
1
Important Samuel Knibb clock c 166870 2
7
Regulator by Robert Hynam probably c 1790 12
14
Setting the Stage
15
The Beginning 16581670
26
The Anchor Escapement
44
Developments in Clock Design 16701700
56
Marquetry Cases
91
The Age of Elegance 17001750
195
Colour Plate 12 Clock by Perry in burr walnut case c 1705
205
Colour Plate 14 Clock by Morgan in green japanned case c 1765
224
Capital and Country 17501800
284
Colour Plate 16 Clock by Ramsbottom in Sheraton style case c 1795
289
Colour Plate 17 Enamelled dial of clock by Radford c 1775
308
Colour Plate 19 Clock by Wright Woolley in mahogany case c 1790
357
Colour Plate 21 Regulator by Frodsham in mahogany case c 183035
376

Colour Plate 1 Clock by Coward in floral marquetry case c 168085 19
95
Colour Plate 6 Month clock by Johnson in floral marquetry case c 1685
104
Lacquered or Japanned Cases
118
Colour Plate 8 Clock by Clark in black japanned case c 1730
121
Telling the Time at Night
127
Colour Plate 10 Grande sonnerie clock by Quare in marquetry case c 171618
140
The Quest for Accuracy
157
Accuracy Achieved
384
Repair Restoration and Faking
422
Some Later Discoveries
441
Glossary
463
Imperial to metric measurements
479
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