Archive of 2013 - Antique Grandfather Clocks

Dec 27 2013

Grandfather Clocks in Salerooms

Sometimes when I go into a sale room,  I  see people struggling to get the hood off a grandfather clock. It is a good thing that most auction houses tie the case to a post or something similar, because many more grandfather clocks would be pulled over as people struggle to get the hood off. It may […]

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Dec 18 2013

GRANDFATHER CLOCK FEET

When I replace the feet on a grandfather clock case, I usually  get my cabinet maker to make the back feet a little shorter than the  front feet. I am more often than not standing the clock on a carpet. As the carpet has either a hem or gripper rods, making it higher by the skirting […]

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Dec 06 2013

GRANDFATHER CLOCK FEATURES

A feature that some Cheshire grandfather clocks share with their Lancashire counter-parts in the early 19th century is the wide and somewhat disproportionate trunks to the case. However there was a local tradition of cabinet making in Chester and this often excelled in veneered case work. This can be seen on a grandfather clock face by […]

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Nov 08 2013

GRANDFATHER CLOCKS IN THE NORTH WEST

Many of the towns in the North West had flourishing grandfather clock making traditions and this was particularly true of Warrington,  Wigan, Manchester and Liverpool. There were important foundries at Warrington, Wigan and Congleton. In the 18th. century there seems to have been a greater element of mass production in the Lancashire and Cheshire grandfather […]

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Oct 13 2013

Hanging the Pendulum on a Grandfather Clock

Most pendulums have a front and back. The flat polished side of the pendulum bob should be at the front. If you have had the pendulum sent to you fastened to a piece of wood, the feather spring may need a turn to get it positioned correctly on the pendulum rod. Feed the pendulum through […]

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Sep 14 2013

The Appeal of a Grandfather Clock

What is the appeal about a clock that has a loud tick ? Anyone who owns an antique grandfather clock admires it as a piece of decorative furniture but it is more than just that. Many of our grandfather clocks have a history going back two or three hundred years, and yet today,  they still provide the […]

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Jul 23 2013

Fake or Dummy Winding Holes in 30 hour Grandfather Clocks

When grandfather clocks first came into being, they had movements which would last for varying lengths of time, eg. Thiry hours, Eight days, One month, Three  months etc. As the clocks with longer duration were very expensive, most people settled for a Thirty hour  or Eight day clock. Eight day clocks were still more expensive and […]

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Jul 23 2013

Grandfather Clocks Pre Middle 18th Century

Before the middle of the 18th century, although there was some specialisation and division of labour, most grandfather clock  makers would cast their own brass parts, forge the ironwork, cast the bells and cut their own wheels and pinions as well as finishing the parts by hand filing, drilling, turning and polishing and finally assembling […]

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Jun 11 2013

GRANDFATHER CLOCK CASES CHESHIRE

The craftsmen who made the cases for Cheshire Grandfather clocks ran alongside the best case makers from any part of the country, for quality and style. Superb cases were made from the very elaborate walnut and mahogany cases right down to the very desirable plain and simple cottagers’ oak cased clocks. Like other parts of […]

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Apr 22 2013

PAUL, THE MAN WHO KEPT CHESTER TICKING OVER

                          PAUL, THE MAN WHO KEPT CHESTER TICKING OVER                                      ——————————————————————————————– Mr. Bernard Wall, a former Chester  City guide and who writes a regular article in the Chester and District Standard,under the heading ” TALES OF CHESTER “, knew Mr.Paul Fraser, who came […]

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