Dating longcase clocks
Longcase clocks were made over hundreds of years and the design of their dials and cases evolved according to the fashion of the time and place.
Fruitwood and solid walnut were sometimes used as alternatives to oak at about the same price, but these woods were very prone to worm, were not too popular, and have far less often survived. An early eight-day longcase in oak, made about 1730 by Stephen Blackburn of Oakham, this one an arched dial clock with imposing caddy top, much in the style of a London walnut clock of the period. The earliest longcase clocks (let's say about the year 1700) were made in eight-day form, but also, as country versions, in thirty-hour form, the latter being about half the price of the eight-day.From now on the timekeeping of clocks improved by a huge amount using the longer pendulum and "anchor" escapement.Around the same period, with a slightly larger dial and a wooden hood to keep the dust out of the clock movement.Click here for details of: Home page Finding out about yourantique clock: identification / valuation / appraisal CLOCKS FOR SALE Lantern clocks bought Arranging a visit Books for sale by Brian Loomes Contact Clock how-tos Articles on clock collecting Finding a clock by a particular maker Archive (sold clocks) Oak was used in longcase clock making from the earliest times (c.1660) until the end of longcase clock making (c.1870), though in terms of brass dial clocks the end was about 1800.But it was not used in the same manner throughout that period of over two centuries.