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High quality, 5 pillar, 8 day movement with hourly ( rack ) striking and pull hour repeat. The long door, flame mahogany case with breakarch top, side windows to hood, brass insert fluted hood columns, matching brass insert, fluted, trunk quarter columns and raised panel two step base, the lower, shaped. These questions apparently can be answered quickly for some, thus leaving the owner with a date range and usually an over-inflated price.In terms of originality however, the astute specialist would quickly question a marquetry, walnut and ebony cased clock with a painted dial. 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?The worth (or value) will of course be concluded by looking at the best clocks available in a respectable dealers showroom.
Raised, silvered chapter ring, recessed silvered seconds disc with "starburst" engraved centre, rococo spandrels, finely matted dial centre, square datebox and blued cut steel hands. 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. This is an important question, and one that the owner does not seem to understand, nor its relevance to the first two questions.This article does not delve into the issue of value, since this can be very complex, and is dependent on the intended use of the appraisal, be it for insurance purposes, liquidation, probate or for one of several other reasons.
Brass strip pendulum with "double brass" bob, matched, period, brass bound weights and period winding crank key. 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.