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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: https://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.

 

Antique bracket or mantel clocks

Antique clocks are a joy to own and study. Whether you’re a new home owner or just looking to celebrate a special event, investing in an antique clock is a wonderful way to add beauty and elegance to your home.

Format Choice

If you have a fireplace, sideboard or cupboard, you may be tempted to invest in a antique mantel clock. Many of these clocks are built in a long, sweeping curve that features the face of the clock in prominence. If you have the space on your mantel, this form of clock is quite eye-catching and will suit most any decor.

The antique bracket clock, similar in construction the older British lantern clock, was designed with a handle on the top and was built to be mounted on a matching bracket. This bracket was fastened to the wall and served to hold the clock steady. The only thing on the bracket was the clock; it served in a manner similar to a free-standing grandfather clock, though it was smaller and easier to relocate. Mantel clocks would stand on the mantel shelf over the fireplace.

Early Styling and Later Modifications

The earliest antique bracket clocks date from the 1660s. The Dutch clockmakers who developed this clock actually started by hanging them on the wall via two iron loops on the back panel of the body of the clock. The custom bracket, suited to each maker, was developed later.

Many bracket clocks were designed with an irregular base; that is, they would never have been able to sit on a mantel because the base was curved, rounded or pointed. Over time, many clocks with this feature were altered to have a flat base, so an antique bracket clock could function either on the bracket or on a sturdy shelf or mantel.

 

Antique Mantel Clocks sizes

The size of a standard mantel clock didn’t change greatly until it was manufactured in the Americas. Because early American clockmakers used wooden workings and weights inside the clocks, the footprint and case of the clock were quite a bit larger. Many antique mantel clocks originally produced in the states were nearly 18 inches long and 12 inches high. For an antique mantel clock of that size to look well balanced, the fireplace mantel would need to be sizable.

However, once the spring wound mechanism manufacturing style was adopted by American clock makers, the mass production of these clocks took off. An antique mantel clock with an anniversary date on the interior was likely created after 1901. While it may be less valuable than an older clock, it will certainly be a beloved keepsake for years to come, and quite easy to repair by a qualified clock maker.

 

Which antique bracket clock to buy?

While it may be challenging to find an antique bracket clock with the original base or the original bracket, we can help you find just the right clock for whatever display area you are looking to fill. Our selection is quite expansive, with many antique mantel clocks for sale but our offering is dynamic as each clock is unique and clocks get sold and new ones are available for sale again. We offer clocks in a variety of sizes. In addition, our expertise is well known in the clock community, so if we don’t have the clock you’ve been seeing, please let us know and we shall be happy to source it for you. Geographically, we are located in Perth, Australia, but we ship both nationally and internationally, including regions including the rest of Australia, the UK, Ireland and the USA.

 

Antique clock of the Month – August 2020

This month we haven’t selected an industrial clock with a design that’s uncommon. In contrary, this month’s Clock of the Month has a design that is familiar for everyone.  The Siemens double sided clock has a design that is seen in many metro and train stations. With a silver case and a clear white dial clock face with black rectangles to represent the time. Because it is double sided you can place this clock in locations that are usually not suitable for clocks.

Siemens double sided clock

You can find this industrial wall clock for sale over here: https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/siemens-double-sided-clock/

Signatures on antique items

Signatures on antique clocks

Most antique clocks (for sale) will have signature of the clockmaker on them as a sign of authenticity. You can also use the signature to date the clock. By using a good reference book for clock signatures you can match the signature on the clock with the one in the reference book, giving you more context of the date and clockmaker. There are several reference books, such as La Pendule Francaise, Vienna Regulators and Factory clocks and many more. As you start collecting clocks from in a specific style or from a specific country you can look for more specialised reference books.

The location of the signature can very a bit. Often it’s on the dial or backplate. They can either be engraved on brass dials or on they can be painted when the dial itself is already painted. Sometimes signatures are accompanied by trademarks and numbers at the backplate, but not for the older antique clocks.

What are lantern clocks?

A very unique style clock is a lantern clock. The name is most likely derived from the shape as it is shaped like a lantern. The distinct look consists of 4 pillars in the corners standing on short feet. This construction combined with the single finial holding the top bell give antique lantern clocks their distinct look. The mechanics of the clocks changed halfway through the 17th century with the invention of the pendulum.

Although many believe the name of the lantern clock is derived from its shape, there is another theory as well. The reasoning behind this is that the material these clocks were made off is the reason they are called this way as Latten is loosely referred to the materials many lantern clocks were made of. These clocks became popular around the 17th century up to the 19th century and were mainly popular in the France, England and Italy.

If you are looking for specific clocks, please visit our “antique clock for sale” section on our website. We update the assortment on our website regularly, so make sure you come back to see our latest offering.

Clock of the Month – No. 752

Sometimes when you get your hands on a specific antique item, you feel the joy in your entire body. This clock of the month is one of those items. It’s number 752 in this range that has been produced and it has been designed by the famous clock maker John Bruce Liverpool.

The Liverpool chronometer is a beauty.
liverpool antique chronometer number 752

The chronometer has been placed on top of a perspex stand for a better view of this great chronometer. It originates back to around 1870.

Please view this antique chronometer here: https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/liverpool-chronometer/ if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us. We sell and ship products internationally. Contact us for shipping information.