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Clock buying 101 series – First questions to ask

Are you in the market of buying an antique clock? It may be your first antique clock and you are very excited and a bit overwhelmed by all the different clocks that are available. Whether you are buying an antique clock as an investment or because it fits your house perfectly, there are a few questions you can ask yourself before you purchase an antique clock.

What kind of clock do I want?

There are various types of clocks in terms of size and how you can place them in your home, in case you want to have it in your home. If you want a smaller clock that you can place on a shelf or cabinet an antique mantel clock can suit your needs. Or closely related a bracket clock.

If you are looking for a clock to be hung on the wall the most well known clock – the antique wall clock– is your best solution or the smaller bracket clock could work out for you as well.

Last but not least there is a very impressive and large tall standing antique grandfather clock. This clock is a real eye catcher in your living room.

Do I want a striking clock or a silent clock?

Ding, Dong, Ding Dong… The sound of a striking clock is loved by many. However not everyone enjoys the sound. Either they prefer no sound at all, or there is already clock making sound and you don’t want multiple antique clocks making sounds.

How often and which sound?

When you do prefer your clock to make a sound, there are a few varieties as well. Some clocks strike once an hour or every 30 minutes. Other strike every quarter (called a Westminster strike).  It’s not just the frequency however, there are some clocks that play melodies instead of classic sounds. A very general rule of thumb is if the dial has one hole it’s a silent clock, two holes it strikes every 30 minutes and with three holes it’s a Westminster strike.

What is the maximum I would like to spend?

Antique clocks start at a few hundred dollars for a clock. If you are looking at special collector’s items then of course the price can go up significantly. With the Rothschild Faberge Egg selling for €13.5 million in 2007.

Clock of the Month – January 2020

This month we are looking at a clock with a truly distinct look. The Ansonia “Navy” Clock.

At the heart of this clock there is a beautiful ship’s steering wheel with a clock in the middle. The edge of the clock is embedded with jewels which gives it a luxurious look.

Behind the steering wheel you can see an anchor with ropes at the base of the clock. The triangle shape is created by the oars. the design of the clock is finished with a flag at the top.

The clock is made of brass and silver and has a height of around 12 inches.

If you are looking for a clock with a distinct design, then this Ansonia Navy one day clock is the clock just for you.

Priced to sell, this Ansonia Navy Clock can be found at https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/ansonia-navy-clock/

Or have a look at our other Antique Mantel Clocks.

The beauty of antique wall clocks

Antique wall clocks are the perfect aesthetic addition to your living room. The word antique translates to well-aged with the items being over a century old. Presently, the ageing sneaks us into the Victorian era, where uniquely designed wall clocks were the order of the day.

Aside from the good looks of the wall clocks, their durability is excellent. If you set your mind on wall clocks, there are several things you need to keep in mind to get an authentic piece. Below are key points to look at when getting these fantastic timepieces.

Where to buy antique wall clocks?

Being antique usually results in not many of their type are widely available in good condition. At Dutch Antique Time Pieces we are specialised in finding antique wall clocks in excellent conditions. Every piece has a story to tell. We are always looking at how unique the clock is, the condition of the product and a wide variety of construction dates. We can even find clocks on demand if you are looking for something very specific. So please go through our antique wall clock assortment or contact us if you are looking for a specific item.

Design & style

The antique wall clocks come in various designs and sizes to meet your needs. There are the wooden types made entirely of high-quality polished hardwood that boost their durability. They are excellent if you want a nostalgic feeling ambience in your house and the slick finishing adds a touch of sophistication to your interior.

There are also metal wall clocks; some even made entirely out of metal while others feature wooden parts. They are durable, and due to their age, they feature a striking rustic appearance. Additionally there are steampunk-like clocks with Victorian-era influences in the design and feature exposed gears.

The face is also essential and feature stack colours such as grey, faded cream or pearl white. The digits are large, mostly Hindu/Arabic or Roman numerals. There might be minor decorations punctuating them, and you may opt for them if the design is appealing to you.

Apart from the different designs featured, there are also different styles. They range from the traditional mid-size wall clock, which most of the time assumes a circular configuration. The regulator clocks are another nostalgia-inducing wall art that features a pendulum.

Still looking at the pendulum, you also have the cuckoo clock that is also an excellent antique clock that is very popular.

At Dutch Antique Time Pieces we also have decades of experience repairing clocks.

How to find the right clock maker to repair your antique clock?

Repairing a clock is delicate work that requires deep understanding of the various components of a clock. Because there are many different clocks and mechanisms, this trade is not suitable for just anyone. It takes someone with a great appreciation of clocks, patience and precision. A clock has to be repaired in a way that it was originally constructed. If it is repaired the wrong way it can actually causes problems for the clock and devalue your clock.

If you have a clock that needs repairing, make sure you choose the right person to do the job for you. The first thing to look at is the qualification of the clockmaker. Secondly experience comes into play as with many expert trades. Last but not least, most clockmakers in Australia will be a member of the Clock & Watchmakers Australia.

With nearly 30 years of experience Jot of Dutch Antiques is a well-known clockmaker in Perth and surroundings in the Antique Clock market.

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Is my antique clock broken?

Do notice that antique clocks are not as precise as modern clocks. It’s quite common for antique clocks to deviate a few minutes every week. This is one of the characteristics of antique clocks, your clock is not broken. If you are still in doubt, contact us.

The three oldest significant clock inventions

The history of the clock can go back many thousand of years. The origin of the first clock is debatable as the sun was used to create timekeeping devices.

A major breakthrough however was the first mechanical tower clock, which was made in Italy in 1275.

It took over nearly 4 more centuries before the second significant invention took place. In 1656 Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum which changed the clocks as we know them today. He didn’t just invent the pendulum, but he was also the first to derive the formula for the period of the pendulum. His researched was combined and published in 1673 in his work “Horologium Oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum”.

The third invention followed Huygens’ discovery quite quickly. Only 15 years later Robert Hooke or William Clement came up with the anchor escapement. The design of the escapement looks simple, but the detail is in the simplicity. This invention works well together with the pendulum as it maintains the swing of the pendulum giving it a push each swing. The wheels of the escapement also help the clock’s hand to move forward.

An overview of antique clocks can be found in our online shop or in our store located in Perth, Western Australia.

Clock of the Month – October – Winterhalter & Hoffmeier

A piece of history with a story. This Winterhalter & Hoffmeier mantle clock (ca 1880) is loved by collectors. The origin of the company goes back all the way to 1810 when Thomas Winterhalter founded his firm. He moved in with the family Friedenweiler a few years later. But it wasn’t until the 1850’s when the company was called Winterhalder & Hoffmeier when Johannas Hoffmeier got involved. Since then the company has had several minor name changes until it eventually had to close its doors due to problems related to the First World War.

This beautiful clock has an oak case and 8 day movement. This clock is of a high quality standard as it is made in the Black Forest. The oak case is beautifully combined with the silver engraved dial.

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Different type of clock hands

A detail of clocks that is not very often discussed are clock hands. Interestingly enough however, as the clock hands is the most crucial visual part of the clock. Even without a clock face you could still get an idea of what time it is by looking at the clock hands.

Throughout the years clock designers have been very creative in the different clock hands designs they came up with.

When we look at vintage clocks such as the industrial slave clocks, we see a very simple straightforward design that matches the overall look of the clock.

In some cases the clock hands are solid and there are no openings, such as these examples of a Brillie wall clock, an Art Deco mantel clock and a French carriage clock:

Hand clocks that do not have a solid design are often open at the tip of the hand where the hand widens.

Although sometimes the entire hand has a comprehensive design, such as this Swedish Cartel Clock

In some cases the small and large clock hand have different designs, there is truly no limit to the designs possible. The only convention that has been introduced is that the small hand depicts the hours and the large hand tells you the minutes.

How’s the weather today?

By Sarah McNeill

The model alpine chalet with a man or woman coming out of the front door, depending on the weather, has been a popular souvenir for many decades.

View our collection of weather houses here.

But in the 18th and 19th centuries, weather houses were serious forecasting instruments, particularly around the Alps, where a significant change in humidity indicated the possibility of avalanches. Dutch Antiques, in Chelsea Village, Nedlands, has acquired a collection of 50 weather houses dating back to the 1860s. Dutch clockmaker Jot Rijks sells and repairs antique clocks, barometers and scientific instruments.

He said the rare collection included some museum-quality pieces. “Weather houses show changes in humidity”, he said. “When the air is moist, a man comes out of the house; when the air is dry, a woman does. The two figures are hung by catgut which is sensitive to humidity. It stretches when moist and shrinks when dry.”

He said that in alpine homes, weather houses were hung under the eaves and warned home-owners when a sudden dry wind was coming. Such a wind was often warm, which could cause melting snow to trigger an avalanche. Some early designs used the window shutters of the houses as indicators. One 1860s design had a single man who turned his back when the air was dry. By the 1950s, the classic, cute Swiss chalet became popular and regions such as the Black Forest specialised in making them for tourists as souvenirs.

Jot said he hoped someone would buy the entire collection, given to him by a Perth Dutch family, but he would consider selling individual homes.

Reflex hammer

Hammers are multifunctional devices. Originally these hammers were used for percussion instruments, but in the 1870’s Wilhelm Erb saw the possibilities of using these hammers to test the knee reflex. Every since, hammers have been a tool to test reflexes.

At Dutch Antiques we sometimes have these very special products available.

Are you interested in a reflex hammer? View this beautiful item at https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/antique-reflex-hammer/

Besides reflex hammers we also have a beautiful surgical hammer in stock

The History of Antique Microscopes

Like a lot of discoveries, the origin of the microscope is not entirely clear whom it should be attributed to.  There are three people who have been said to be the inventor of the first microscope.

On one hand there is Hans Lippershey, on the other hand it was the family Janssen. Lippershey is most well-known because he was the first to file a patent for the microscope. On the other hand the family Jansen have a background in making spectacles, which makes them logical inventors of the microscope.

Looking for an antique microscope for sale? Visit our webstore to see a wide variety of choices. Our assortment regularly changes, so bookmark our page and keep visiting our page. If you are after a specific model or type antique microscope, contact us and we may be able to help you.

Whoever was the original inventor of the microscope, it changed a lot for mankind. Up to the discovery of the microscope, people couldn’t see things smaller than a grain of salt or sand. But with the discovery of the microscope, a whole new world opened up. Suddenly it was discovered that there are living organisms in our water and even on our skin! The impact on health care has been significant as micro-organisms could finally be seen and identified.

The Evolution of the Microscope

Although it is said that the first microscope was invented in the 1590s, scientists from various countries had in the earlier years found ways to magnify images. The magnification process may have been different and the quality of the images not as clear, but the work of these scientists served as a foundation that led to the evolution of microscopes.

The single-lens

The invention of spectacles is linked to two Italians, Salvano d’Aramento Degli Amati and Alessandro Della Spina. Alessandro was open about his invention and the process, while Salvano kept his invention a secret. Salvano died in 1284, about 33 years before Alessandro’s death. Unfortunately, the reasons behind the absence of documentation of Salvano’s work remains unknown.

The water microscope

Although the information on this microscope is scanty, it is linked to ancient Chinese scientists. They used a tube with a lens on one end. In a bid to produce images with varying clarity, the water poured into the tube were of different levels. This microscope was invented about 4000 years ago. However, the clarity of the object viewed through the lens was quite impressive, considering the standards then.

The Compound Microscope

The compound microscope has a rich history with several scientists linked to its invention and advancements in the later years. Although the Jansen’s invented it, other scientists in the following years made improvements on the magnification.

The first compound microscope used two lenses. One lens (objective lens) was close to the object. Its purpose was to produce the image. The second lens, which was referred to as the eyepiece, magnified the image picked up by the objective lens.

In 1595, the Janssen’s further improved the compound microscope by adding a third lens and using three sliding tubes. Each of these tubes was linked to lenses with different magnifying abilities. This microscope is presently in the Middleburg Museum. This microscope magnified images up to nine times the original size of the object.

When he was a youth, Robert Hooke was fascinated with objects and the mechanical make-up of the microscope. He observed several organisms, including lice, plants, and fleas. He was also curious about snowflakes. Although the magnifying power of the compound microscope was impressive, the images were blurry. Galileo Galilei and Robert Hooke improved on the work started by the Jansen’s in 1609 and 1665 respectively.

In the 1670s, the microscope had a single lens that could magnify up to 270 times the size of the object. This leap in the magnification power is credited to Antoine van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch scientist. His effort is largely responsible for the identification of the bacteria that caused tuberculosis. This was a breakthrough for many physicians who were trying to understand the causes of some of the ailments. Leeuwenhoek studied the red blood cells, yeast, protozoa, bacteria, as well as human and dog sperm.

Electron Microscopes

Although the compound microscope was highly effective, some scientists wondered how they could make improvements on the already highly functional lens. In 1933, Ernst Ruska and his advisor Dr Max Knoll, an electrical engineer, invented the electron microscope. Ernst studied electronics in college, and this background helped him design a lens from the magnetic field with the use of electric current. No microscope, at the time, exceeded the magnifying limits introduced in the electron microscope.