Dating longcase clocks
An excellent, late 18C, 8 day, brass dial, long door, flame mahogany longcase clock with swan neck pediment, deadbeat escapement, wood rod pendulum, MOONPHASES, universal tidal dial and pull hour repeating movement by John Grindall of Dumfries. A small, neat, pretty, late 18C, 8 day, unusually figured, long door, mahogany longcase clock with breakarch top, silvered breakarch dial and rocking ship AUTOMATON by Richard Lear Pinhay of Plymouth Dock. A stunning tall case clock with all it's working parts from ' Chabrut A' Ardes ~S.~ Couze' as written on the enamel clock face with the Roman numeral number system, surrounded by hammere...A very good, long door, richly patinated, mahogany, longcase clock with breakarch top circa 1800.The engraved and silvered brass dial showing MOONPHASES and High Water at Topsham Barr ( nowadays Topsham Bar ). Rockbear is nowadays spelt Rockbeare and is in Devon near to Exeter.
A lot of work went into the construction of the case with intricate moldings, expensive brass fittings and detailed inlays.Roman numerals prevailed on clock faces made from approximately 1700 to 1870, but you could also find Arabic numbers on grandfather clocks from as early as 1795 -- though rare -- through 1820.If a clock face contained the minutes 15, 30, 45 and 60, the grandfather clock was made from 1800 to 1820, but though unusual, you could also find one made in 1795.Clockmakers started using mahogany in about 1750, as it was an expensive imported wood.Top of the line, mahogany- or walnut-cased grandfather clocks also contained expensive movements, ornamentation and attention to detail.
If you own a longcase clock, determining its age can tell you how much it is worth.