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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.

 

 

Clock buying 101 series – Where to buy?

When you are looking at antique clocks for sale you may not be sure where to go. In the modern era many people start their search online. Generally speaking there are three places where you can buy an antique clock: a local specialist clock shop, at an auction or in antique shops.

As you may expect you can find the largest amount of antique clocks at specialist clock shops. The advantage is that there is specialist knowledge about clocks at these shops. Even if your clock requires repair at a certain stage, you will find that clock shops often have the skills and knowledge to repair clocks. Please refer to our article on how to find the right clock maker to repair your clock.

Another advantage besides the repair skills and knowledge is that the owner of the clock shop has vast knowledge about clocks, their history and authenticity. You will also have plenty of time to look around, ask questions and even come back another day. At Dutch Antique Time Pieces we have experience since 1976, nearly 45 years ago.

Dutch Antique Time Pieces Shop Perth

At auctions you have limited time and information before you have to decide to buy the clock. There is also the pressure of time, which is usually an advantage to the people with a lot of knowledge, but not for the beginner as they cannot assess the value, authenticity and state of a clock.

In antique shops you don’t feel the time pressure of auctions, which is good. But as they are not specialised in clocks, they can often only give you limited information about antique clocks, let alone that you can come back if any problems arise.

We sell a wide variety of clocks and scientific instruments from our local shop in Nedlands (Perth), Western Australia. However we have clients all around the world who are looking for antique clocks. Just come into our antique clock store and we are more than happy to help you with any enquiries.

An overview of antique carriage clocks

In the dawn of the 19th century, France made significant advancement in portable clock- and watchmaking, and one of the exports from the French scene was the carriage clock. Also known as officer clocks. They are portable spring-driven clocks that were suitable for travelling, considering their portability.

As most of them were made in the early 19th century, with the first coming out in 1812 for Emperor Napoleon, they are an important clock for antique clock collectors. A French company called Armand Couaillet manufactured several pieces of the carriage clocks for almost four decades from 1880 to 1920.

Carriage Clocks are a unique collector’s item that features in several galleries. If you love antique items, you definitely would want an antique carriage clock decorating your room or space.

Design & style of the antique carriage clocks

Most of the carriage clocks assume a cube or cuboidal design and feature a handle atop it. The handle and its relatively lightweight lends it its portability quality. The body’s material ranges from fine wood to metal. The standout pieces featured precious metal such as silver or gold with some going as far as to include diamonds.

The operating mechanism is a balance spring, which at the time of their invention were an upgrade from the pendulums. They feature a glass screen that covers the face, mostly made of porcelain or enamel.

The antique carriage clocks feature an almost similar design of a three-dimension package that houses the timepiece.  The characteristic shape is a cube with a square face though rectangular faces assuming a cuboidal form also feature prominently. There are spherical and cylindrical clocks that you can also look into.

Some companies went out of their way with creativity and came up with carriage clocks in figurine forms. The figures could be people, animals, monuments, and some even took the shape of the globe. A vital component of the carriage clocks is the winding key. The winding key is for setting time.

Where to buy?

The manufacturing of the clocks plummeted in the mid-20th century and started becoming rare by the day. Getting one these days is not as easy as it were a century ago and as such, it is one of the most sought after collector’s items.

If interested in getting one, either for your gallery or your living room, you need to get a trusted dealer to get you an authentic item. We have several clocks in our assortment, check our antique carriage clock page.

Home Décor

The carriage clock was meant for travelling where you could have it with you on a journey, wielding it by its handle. However, with time, it became an excellent home addition and featured in several living rooms and office desks. They still feature prominently in these areas though with a depreciating frequency.

For your home, it can improve the aesthetic value, especially if you seek a French vintage outlook with hints of classiness. Having it with other vintage and antique items such as paintings and tables bring out classic complementation. It is also a nice fit for your gallery collection where you can have it alongside other collectables.

Maintenance

An essential factor in maintenance is that they have the glass screen that protects the timepiece from natural agents of wear and tear. You need to properly clean the entire casing, which is usually quite straightforward considering there are no moving parts.

Also, have the winding key safe in case you want to set time on the clock. Some of the carriage timepieces have a chamber where you put the winding tool safely. If there are any moving parts, it is prudent that you oil or grease them regularly. For antique wooden timepieces, dust the surface and apply some varnish to maintain its gleam.

In case your clock does break down, we offer clock repair. Just get in touch with us and we are happy to help you with your enquiry.

Eight important dates for the development of antique clocks

Although the oldest clock is already thousands of years old in the form of a water clock or sundial, we saw a rapid development of clocks in the last 800 years.

We have identified 8 crucial developments since the first mechanical tower clock.

1275 – The mechanical tower clock

The first mechanical clock was made in 1275 and was made in Italy.

1656 – Pendulum

The Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum. This had a huge impact as the pendulum was a crucial component of many clocks that were built from that moment onward. He described his research in various works.

1671 – Anchor escapement

In hindsight a logical follow-up from the breakthrough by Huygens is the anchor escapement design. This design works together with the pendulum. In every swing the anchor escapement causes the pendulum to get a little push. Besides that it also helps the clock’s hand to move.

1674 – Balance spring

The third big discovery in 2 decades is again by Huygens, who was an important pioneer in the world of clocks in the 17th century. He invented the balance spring. The balance spring helps the balance wheel to oscillate with a resonant frequency. You can find more information on how a balance spring works on Wikipedia.

1761 – Chronometer

It took almost a century before the next invention moves the world of clock making. In 1761 John Harrison invented the H1 ships chronometer. As people were traveling a lot by ships, it was important to have an accurate idea of the time at various locations. This breakthrough invention helped overcome that challenge. An overview of available antique chronometers for sale can be found online.

1840 – Electric clock

At the end of the industrial era Alexander Bain invented and patented the first electric clock. In the first patended design the pendulum is kept moving forward by electromagnetic pulses. Antique electric clocks can also be found in our assortment.

1929 – Quartz Clock

Getting closer to modern clocks, the design of the quartz clock by W.A. Morison. This invention is used in most timekeepers of the modern era.

1948 – Atomic Clock

The atomic clock is the most precise timekeeper mankind knows and is used for various standards.

Antique longcase clocks – A clock that leaves a big impression

antique grandfather clock also called a longcase clockIf you are looking for a clock that will have a serious impact on the atmosphere of your living room or office it’s an antique longcase clock. The sheer size of these clocks make them very present anywhere they are positioned.

Longcase clocks are weight driven, where the weights are located in the tall floor-standing case. This is also the reason an alternate name for longcase clock is antique tall clock. It is said that the song “My grandfather’s clock” composed by Henry Clay Work is the reason the third name for these clocks is antique grandfather clocks.

The original dial was made of brass with a silvered chapter ring. In later days brass was replaced by painted wood. Besides the dial, ost of the materials of the longcase clocks are made of oak, walnut or mahogany. Because the base of the clock is so tall, there is a lot of room for decorations and customisation. This leads to a wide variety of these tall clocks.

Originally many longcase clocks were built in England from makers such as Knibb, Tompion and Fromanteel. But production got increased significantly when the Dutch started producing them as well in the 18th century.

Besides its size and beauty these clocks also have a high life expectancy when taken care of properly and they are often passed from generation to generation.

Are you looking for a longcase clock? Make sure you view our online category or come to our store in Nedlands, WA, Australia. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can also send us an e-mail or give us a call as we also scout for specific clocks on request.

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.