Dating longcase clock cases
It has always been available in 30 hour and 8 day form, together with various other longer durations.
The dial is full and lacks the unnecessary winding squares.The movement of a longcase dating from the 1600’s is not that different to a clock movement from the 19th century.They are weight driven and generally have a seconds beating pendulum, which combination makes them very good timekeepers.These 'automata' dials might incorporate a ship amongst rolling waves or even a couple playing shuttlecock.- all for £4000. The longcase or ‘Grandfather’ clock was introduced in the second half of the 17th century and died out in the 19th century.Telling right from wrong takes time and effort and requires careful and dedicated study visiting specialist museums, dealers and auctions.
Even a mechanism by a top maker can sell for several thousand pounds.
The end result is sometimes debatable and rarely adds to the value.
The 'Golden Age of British Clockmaking' is normally recognised as between 1670 to 1720 spanning the reigns of Charles II, William and Mary, Anne and George I.
Few can be found with a price tag of less than £2,500.
Most mahogany longcase clock cabinets are veneered onto an oak carcass whereas their oak counterpart is invariably in solid wood.
A marquetry or walnut veneered longcase will generally cost more than a clock in a Mahogany or Oak case.