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Antique clock of the month – March

Often the shape of a clock is one of the remarkable features. However the Grandfather clock of the month March also catches the eye by its colour.

antique grandfather clock also called a longcase clock

This beautiful antique French long case clock has an beautiful white colour which suits many indoor areas, even when you are looking for lighter accessories for your home.

The enamel dial has a large enamel dial and a duration of 14 days. With its impressive 2m14 in height this timber painted grandfather clock is a piece that will impress everyone who sees this clock.

The clock is around 150 years old and dates from circa 1870.

Come to our shop to see this clock in person and you will love it from the first moment you lay your eyes on it.

We also have other antique grandfather clocks for sale. You can visit our webshop or our store in Perth, WA.

 

Antique Weather Instruments

People have relied on various weather instruments and antique weather houses throughout the ages to help them know current weather conditions and predict future ones.

Antique barometers

Evangelista Torricelli receives credit for creating the first barometer in 1644 while working with the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei. He filled a tube with mercury and inverted it on a tray. Then, he watched as the mercury levels rose and fell. It was not until 1843 that French scientist Lucien Vidie invented the first fluid-less barometer. View the antique barometer for sale in our store.

Antique thermometer

Many credit Galileo Galilei with creating the first thermometer in 1596, but that is technically incorrect. Galilei invented the instrument, but it did not measure degrees. It did indicate differences in the amount of heat in an environment. Instead, Italian Santorio Santorio should receive credit for inventing the first thermometer in 1612 that measured temperatures in degrees. Its performance, however, was inferior as it was greatly affected by changes in air pressure. It was not until the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinand II invented the first sealed liquid-in-glass thermometer in 1654 that measurements became more accurate. Gabriel Fahrenheit, who devised the Fahrenheit measuring scale, invented the first mercury thermometer.

Wind Vanes

Among the oldest weather instruments are wind vanes. Andronicus fashioned the first one in 48 B.C. to look like the Greek god Triton. Leon Battista Alberti invented the first anemometer in 1450. Present-day anemometers often have cups to measure the wind’s velocity. In 1846, John Thomas Robinson invented the first anemometer to have cups.

Rain Gauges

Who invented the first rain gauge is open to debate. Archaeologists have unearthed records showing that people recorded when it rained before the first century. Some claim King Sejong the Great’s son in Korea who created the first rain gauge. He sent a rain measuring device to every community in the country between 1418 and 1450. The government then charged land taxes based on the amount of water in the bucket, believing it showed the farm’s harvest potential. Others say that the first rain gauge was not invented until between 1677 and 1694 by Richard Torrey in Great Britain. Torrey’s device, which relied on a tipping bucket, was the first rain gauge with measurements.

We are proud to offer many types of antique weather instruments for sale. If you can’t find the product you are after in our online catalogue, then let us use our wide circle of sources to find it for you. Please visit us in our Perth, Western Australia. We also ship across Australia, to the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and any other country.

Collecting antique scientific instruments

Collecting antiques is a common hobby of many enthusiasts. Combine the love for collecting antiques with the fascination for science and you’ll understand that collecting antique scientific instruments is the favourite pastime for a passionate group of people. The great thing about scientific instruments is the history and stories behind every instrument.

The field of scientific instruments is quite vast, from instruments used for research (such as a microscope or antique telescope) to antique surgical instruments that were used in the operating theatre. Whichever instruments sparks your interest, every single item has a story to tell. Below we’ll have an overview of some of the antique scientific instruments that we have or have had in stock. If you are looking for a particular kind of instrument and you can’t find it in our online shop, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We may have not uploaded it to our website or we can help you find the item that you are looking for.

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Antique Microscopes

The basic principles of how an optical microscope works have not changed much. Antique microscopes are a natural extension of the magnifying glass and they were first perfected by Galileo. Many great discoveries in the last few centuries were made by microscopes having one of these would be interesting.

Antique Telescopes

The refractor telescope has been used for many purposes from seeing great distances at sea to astronomy. Galileo is the first person known to have looked at the sky using a telescope. Many discoveries both on Earth and in space were made with an antique telescope. Owning a piece of this history would be interesting.

Antique Compass

Compasses are used to find magnetic north. Because a compass needle always points north because of the Earth’s magnetic field it has been used in navigation for centuries. Many great discoveries have been made with their help making it an interesting piece of history to own. View our antique pocket compass collection.

Antique Medical Instruments

There are numerous types of antique medical instruments. These can be interesting because while some of them parallel instruments that are used today some of them are clearly outdated. Owning some of these instruments would be interesting, particularly the outdated ones.

Antique Orrery

An orrery is a model of the solar system is designed to show and calculate the relative position of the planets in the Solar System. They are actually a form of an early mechanical computer making an excellent collector’s item.

Antique Hourglass

Hourglasses are simple time-keeping devices where sand flows from one side to the other by gravity at a constant rate. These are among the earliest man-made timekeeping devices and possibly the first that did not rely upon the Sun. Antique hourglasses are an excellent collector’s item.

Antique Radiometer

A radiometer consists of dark and light paddle-like surfaces inside a glass bulb with a vacuum inside. This allows the absorption and emission of light to cause the paddles to rotate. Today they are toys but they were originally designed to measure light and other forms of radiation. An antique radiometer can be shown off as it rotates just by the light in the room.

Antique Barometers

Antique barometers come in many shapes and sizes, their purpose is to measure air pressure. Antique barometers are often quite decorative as well as functional. As a result, they make excellent showpieces for the collector.

Antique Chronometers

Antique chronometers are high-precision timepieces which for their time were amazingly accurate. They were often designed for use at sea and in labs. For the Collector they make an excellent showpiece particularly if they still work.

Antique scientific instruments are amazing things to look at because they were often made with not just functionality but a touch of beauty as well. Dutch Time Pieces is the starting place to start with or expand your collection of antique scientific instruments. For both the collector and someone who is just interested in the history of science you will find many interesting antique scientific instruments in our shop.

The History of Cuckoo Clocks

The earliest reference to a cuckoo clock was found in the inventory of the Prince Elector of Saxony in 1619, but since real cuckoo clocks were not developed for another century, this clock was probably decorated with a bird. Legend has it that a peddler came from Bohem, the land of the Czechs, with a crude mechanical clock. The gears were wooden and it used stones for weights with no pendulum. The mechanism was called a wood beam clock. The people of the Black Forest were poor although they were talented wood carvers. They began to make clocks, which they embellished with grapevines, birds, hunting scenes. They created little figures that would come out of the clock on the half-hour and the hour and dance. Some clocks had a rooster come out and crow.

In 1712 Friedrich Dilger, a clockmaker, heard about new technology in France and spent a year learning new ways to make clocks, bringing the technology back. Looking for an antique cuckoo clock for sale? Visit our webshop or our shop in Perth, WA.

Franz Anton Ketterer
A clockmaker in the village of Schonwald in the Black Forest substituted a small bird for the more complex figures. Franz Anton Ketterer may have gotten his inspiration from the rooster clocks. He had found that by using a pair of tiny bellows, blowing air through two little pipes, he could reproduce the call of the cuckoo, which was an easier sound to emulate and more pleasant as well.

Development of an Industry
The cuckoo clocks became a trend. Local people needed a new income source. Since inheritance followed the tradition of primogeniture, the oldest son inheriting everything, there were a lot of younger sons who needed work. They took up clock making quickly. The local people began to specialise as manufacturing grew into a large cottage industry. Carvers made the decorations. Carpenters created the boxes. Metal workers made the gears and chains. Artists painted the final product. In 1850, the Duke of Baden founded a clock-making school, which taught mathematics and drawing, more than the mechanics of manufacture.

Cuckoo clocks continue to be made in the Black Forest although with modern tools and technology. But the descendants of Dilger and Ketterer create their marvels with the same centuries old pride of workmanship. Cuckoo clocks are a truly great addition to our assortment of antique clocks.

Dutch Antiques in Perth: Discover Exceptional Antique Barometers

Dutch Antiques in Perth carries an ever-changing inventory of these sought-after antique barometers for sale. But what is the history of these barometers, where do they originate and what kind of barometers are there?

What is a barometer?

A barometer helps measure atmospheric pressure. This device played an important role in temperature and weather prediction. It contributed to the development of the altimeter, and other instruments used to measure changes in altitude. Modern scuba divers use aneroid barometers to keep track of the contents of the air tank.

Evangelista Torricelli

Scientists often refer to “torrs” of pressure in honour of the Italian mathematician Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647). He created a barometer by inserting a partly sealed glass tube into a cistern of liquid mercury. His work eventually led to the creation of the first commercially available barometers.

An evolving craft

For many years, mercury became the metal of choice for measuring changes in temperature and air pressure. This liquid metal expands and contracts within a vacuum in response to changing environmental conditions. As time passed, scientists learned that liquid mercury is highly toxic.

A great collector’s item

Inventors worked hard to develop completely enclosed cisterns and glass tubing for early mercury barometers. Some of the first devices used heavy wooden frames to promote stability. The decorations used on the exteriors of these useful tools reflected changing design trends. Today, hobbyists sometimes specialise in collecting barometers from different places or historical periods.

How barographs was benefiting from these developments

The appearance of early aneroid barometers in the mid-1800s initially offered a less accurate, yet highly portable, alternative. These metal components eventually became popular as a mechanism widely used within antique barographs, glass-enclosed antique scientific instruments. Barographs recorded changes in barometric pressure on rolled parchment.

Different kind of antique barometers

As with most antique products there has been quite some development throughout the years. From internal mechanics to sizes, materials and weight. The barometer has been developed into different variations as well;

Cistern Barometers

The earliest commercial barometers utilised cisterns of mercury connected to a glass tube. Several types of these “stick” barometers ultimately gained popularity. Some collectors focus on early wooden barometers with visible mercury glass cisterns dating from the later 1600s and early 1700s. Later, manufacturers developed much thinner pieces designed to screw into walls.

Stick And Angled Barometers

Fortin antique stick barometers possessed a screw to permit the adjustment of mercury levels. Kew Pattern pieces relied upon an enclosed mercury cistern. They either hung on a wall, or maintained a free standing “bench” configuration allowing the barometer to sit atop a mantle or a table conveniently. One variation of the cistern barometers, the angled barometer, relied upon a protruding “L-shaped” extension of glass tubing. This feature exaggerated the movements of the mercury column, assisting owners in reading the gauge. Angled barometers typically hung on a fence or a wall.

Banjo Barometers (or Wheel barometer)

By the 1800s, many companies sold barometers employing an enclosed “U-shaped” mercury cistern. An antique banjo barometer like this usually displayed a large visible bulb on the upper end of the device. Somewhat resembling antique wall clocks, they frequently supplied stylish décor qualities. Some Victorian designers utilised ornate carvings and intricate woodworking inlays to decorate these pieces, for instance. Today, collectors prize fine examples of antique banjo barometers.

Portable Barometers

Metal-encased portable antique pocket barometers also attract the interest of collectors. Some of these pieces date from the early 1800s. Gold and brass supplied popular casing metals. Discover eye-catching antique barometers at Dutch Antiques in Perth. We carry excellent selections of antique barometers for sale. Call (08) 9385-3054 to request assistance!

Antique instrument of the Month – January

This month we have a very special product in the Product of the Month category. Not only is the product special, but this piece has a history in WA itself. It has been used by the Botanical department of well-known University of Western Australia (UWA).

The product of this month is the Abney level. It is an instrument that is used in surveying. It has been invented around 1870 in the UK. The usage of the antique Abney level hasn’t changed much and some even refer to old antique handbooks for explanation on how to use them.

Have a look at this antique Abney level in our online store or visit our shop in Nedlands. We also offer a dynamic range of wonderful different antique scientific instruments.

The wonderful world of antique electric clocks

Electric clocks are quite common these days. The predecessor of the modern electronic clocks date back all the way to the mid-1800s with their conception being courtesy of an Edinburgh clockmaker. The conception did not gain much traction until the last quarter of the 19th century when the development of electricity was at its peak. At this time, the clock could tap from a reliable source of energy.

Several developments in the clock came in the dawn of the 20th century, and it is safe to say that the electric clock aged gracefully. Being a standard figure during the art deco movement, it is now among the most sought after antique items.

The design of the Antique Electric Clock

A characteristic feature of antique electric clocks is that they make use of electricity, often through the use of a battery. This key aspect is unusual for most antique items as they electricity became more widespread at a later date. Simplicity is often a key aspect in most of them utilising a kind of minimalistic design in the decorations. The arms were also simple the same to the face. The face feature colours such as white, cream, or a light tune of grey. Metallic faces might have that aged look featuring rustic hue.

The Art Deco era

During the art deco era, which appeared in France before the First World War, the electric clock was among the beneficiary of the visual art movement. During this time, it was still a new invention and picking up against its predecessor, the mechanical clock. During the movement, various artistic impressions improved the aesthetic value of the clocks.

Where to buy?

Though many have been manufactured ever since their conception, few meet the tag of antique. It is mostly due to the age limitation when considering an item antique which locks most of them out as most came out in the mid to late 20th century.

The good thing is that we sometimes find hidden gems that are in an exceptional good condition. Such as this Bulle electric mantle clock. View this page for a full overview of antique electric clocks.

Maintenance of antique electric clocks

Considering it is electric, you need to have a proper maintenance schedule to have the clock running perfectly. First, you need to be sure that it is in working condition. Maybe needless to say, but make sure if it’s battery powered, that the battery is not flat. If it is still not working it may be best to get in touch with us and we can have a look at why your clock is not working properly as an electric clock contains of many pieces that are usually not easily repairable by an untrained person.

Home Décor

The antique clock is a suitable addition to your living space, more so if you want it to have a nostalgic feeling while still utilising modern technique. The ones from the French art movement have a keen aesthetic presence and are a good starting point if you are looking for one.

 

The Surprising History of Antique Carriage Clocks

Antique carriage clocks have a rich past and add character to any residence’s decor. Carriage clocks have a surprisingly intriguing saga that makes them exceptional antique items to collect. From their astonishingly bloody origins to their significant historical impact, carriage clocks are antiques that have carved their place in the annals of time.

How the Antique Carriage Clock Got Its Name

Unlike other inventions with more obscure name origins, carriage clocks have a reasonably straightforward history. During the 19th century, inventors specifically designed these clocks for travel. The carriage clock’s primary feature is its handle, which was often quite ornate. It seemed obvious to call them carriage clocks as they can quite literally be carried places. However, they’ve held other titles, like Officers’ clocks. This alternative name originated because armies on the move often used these clocks.

How Do Carriage Clocks Work?

Although the main feature of carriage clocks was their handle, the interior mechanics are just as fascinating. Antique carriage clocks are spring-driven clocks with a balance and balance spring. These two features are integral to the clock’s foremost goal of telling the time accurately. Another unique aspect of carriage clocks is the platform escapement. In many models, carriage clocks have a glazed aperture to showcase the platform escapement better. These additions allowed the carriage clocks to be portable and replace the clunkier pendulum based clocks of the time.

Disadvantages and Advantages of Carriage Clocks

The antique carriage clock comes with its share of disadvantages and advantages like every other clock. Let’s look at a disadvantage first. Carriage clocks used to be a popular gift. Employers would often give their retiring employees or loyal staff members a carriage clock. However, as humanity enters the modern era of technology, traditions like these have faded from popularity. For people who prefer an abstract and contemporary aesthetic, antique objects like carriage clocks won’t be practical.

Despite this drawback, antique carriage clocks have several distinct advantages. Because of their relatively small design and classical appearance, the carriage clock is a perfect fixture in most households. It adds charm and character to home offices and proudly decorates the mantel. It may seem cliché to call it a timeless antique, but carriage clocks have genuinely integrated themselves into the average residence far more than its contemporaries. Many people find their portability and compact size makes them superior to a gigantic pendulum clock. Carriage clocks combine practicality and style for people who prefer a classic, non-digital clock.

 

The Surprising History of Carriage Clocks

As mentioned previously, carriage clocks have a stunningly dark and bloody history. Like many inventions, people created carriage clocks because of the demands of those in power, and in the 19th century France, there was no one more powerful than Emperor Napoleon. Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the very first carriage clock for Napoleon in 1812. Napoleon is famous for his military campaigns, and carriage clocks became an integral part of battles.

Because of their portability, carriage clocks were used by officers in the army to tell the time. Clocks with pendulums, which were popular at the time, could not be carried without damaging the internal mechanics. So, for soldiers always on the move, carriage clocks provided an enormous advantage.

Overtime, carriage clocks slowly trickled into casual French society, although the best designs remained in the wealthy’s houses as a sign of prestige. In Saint-Nicolas d’Aliermont, a clockmaker called Armand Couaillet started a factory to mass-produce this new type of clock. From 1880 and 1920, his business created and distributed thousands of carriage clocks as the general public embraced them. Carriage clocks became such a wildly popular alternative to the pendulum clocks of the time that they spread across the globe to countries like England and America. It’s not an understatement to claim they significantly impacted history and revolutionised technology.

A few particularly famous antique carriage clocks are any models from the original inventor Breguet. After his first invention, Breguet made about 90 other carriage clocks. These would now be extremely rare and valuable.

Serious collectors will look for certain case styles ,case sizes or makers like: Dent, Frodsham, Cole, Vulliamy, Drocourt, Jacot.

Find an Antique Clock Today

If you’re looking for an antique clock of your own, we have several antique carriage clocks, but also antique mantel clocks for sale and antique wall clocks for sale. Keep an eye on our assortment as it changes regularly. Not quite sure what you want? Let us know, and we can quickly source it for you. Although our primary location is in Perth, Australia, we can ship to places nationally and internationally, like Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States of America. We pride ourselves on collecting the most classic and beautiful antique clocks.

 

Antique Barometer of the month October 2020

The barometer that we have chosen as the Barometer of the month in October 2020 is the Antique French Louis XVI (16) gilded wall barometer. This beautiful Antique Barometer contains a lot of details in its design. The typical giltwood used for this barometer gives this barometer its elegant look and feel, which is complemented by the dial that has been painted as well. It has been signed with “Paris” roughly 240 years ago ca. 1780.

We have this antique barometer for sale here: http://local.dutchtimepieces.com/product/136/

French gilded wall barometer

Antique Clocks – Buyer beware: Originals, Fakes & Bad marriages

At Dutch Antiques, we do not only have antique clocks for sale, we also educate on antique clocks. We know all about antique grandfather clocks with their popular pendulums, either floor models or wall mounted; antique bracket clocks with their weight driven pendulums; the classic mounted antique wall clock; antique carriage clocks, unique devices designed with springs and for travel; antique chronometers which are used for astronomy and marine navigation; the turret, or tower, clock, which you’ll find high up in public buildings; and the electric clock.

The market is flooded with flat out scammers and, sadly, dealers who don’t really know the value of their merchandise and can’t give buyers the best deal. The internet has made the sales of fakes even easier as often people buy without seeing the clocks first and sometimes it’s harder to check the credibility of the seller. Clocks can be found, but it can be a chore to verify originals, or to gauge bad marriages and fakes.

The first thing we suggest is never take an unknown dealer at face value. Many are honest and reliable, but some are not and others simply lack the necessary education. Always work with a highly regarded and experienced company like Dutch Antiques when dealing with antique clocks.

A trusted dealer will be on point. We’ll know how similar clocks have been valued in the market. We can assess the condition, including if the clock has been altered. A good antique dealer will gauge preservation, cleanliness, working parts, and any other factor that impacts a clock’s worth. We look at resale value based on matters like relative desirability and rarity.

While the craftsmanship of the clockmaker who made the clock and prior ownership can play a part in value the biggest influencer will be condition. Naturally, the better the condition the more the clock is worth. A working clock is far more desirable than one that doesn’t. An unrestored clock versus the same clock with its original glass replaced will change the dynamic. You want to look at decorative elements, labels, and intact signatures.

Where your trusted dealer really plays their part is in security and protection. While uninformed dealers are ready to learn, scammers will outright use your lack of knowledge to their advantage. We’ve had customers walk in to have their already purchased antique clock assessed and was forced to sadly inform them that they’ve been the victim of fraud.

Dutch Antiques carries a variety of antique clocks for sale. Our assortment is quite divers and dynamic as each product is unique. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, let us know. We’ll put our vast resources to work and find the clock you’re searching for. We’re based in Perth, Australia, but we sell our antique clocks internationally and can ship to many locations worldwide.