c1800 – reverse-painted glass tablets date from the early 1800’s.c1820 – wooden movements were generally used in early American shelf clocks until around 1820.Bronziers also played an important part in French clocks with cases by makers such as Deniere displaying the high level of craftsmanship that can be desirable.In the modern market, people tend to look to luxury brands such as Cartier, Asprey, Tiffany and Jaeger Le-Coultre. A specialist eye There are many things to consider when buying a clock and our specialists are always on hand to help.A condition report is compiled when a piece is catalogued which can be requested at any time before the sale to provide key insight into the condition of a clock. Parts I look out for include the key, bell and pendulum.
Are there any vacant holes in the case or on the back plate of the movement? Is the maker on the dial of a different period to the style of the case?
The construction of various parts can and will help in dating your antique clock.
Specifically the style and type of clock hand and the dial, both of which have varied over time.
Even the type of material used to construct your antique clock movement can help, or discovering when chimes were introduced and the type of chime used.
c1836 – gold electroplating was introduced and became popular within a few years.