Antique clock movement pillar dating
This is an important question, and one that the owner does not seem to understand, nor its relevance to the first two questions. Theres actually a third question that is rarely asked, usually deliberately (or ignorantly) ignored, and a subject that the owner would often prefer not to investigate. Is my clock authentic and original in all respects?
Several specialists suggest that there was no such thing as a fixed spelling.John might also be abbreviated to just Jno and to complicate matters, J and I were often interchangeable, so Jno might be engraved as Ino, also meaning John.There are many such examples, like W often being engraved to look like an N, or even a U.These clocks demand considerably less value than a clock where all of the parts started out life together, as just one original clock.When buying therefore, it is best to approach a reputable dealer, or to learn the identification process yourself. A suitable methodical process is to examine and date the case, the dial and the movement details, all separately.Most serious horological books will suggest that the name on the dial should be the last place to start dating a clock.
There are lots of forgeries on the market, many with names added later.
We can also be reasonably confident that the clockmaker and cabinetmaker, who made the case, were not the same.
These were likely different tradesmen, right from the earliest times.
by Dennis Radage, Canada Download a pdf of this article There are usually two key questions that always seem to be asked when presented with an antique clock. The maker will likely be listed with a working date and possibly other useful information.
The easy answers to these questions, and the ones that are far too frequently employed, are to simply jot down the name of the maker, usually engraved on the dial or chapter ring, then to look in any one of the many books of makers.
Only the clockmaker signed the clock, and usually, just on the dial. But, from about 1700, they increasingly ordered at least some of their parts, whether it be hands, spandrels, gut line etc, from a parts supplier.