Antique clock cases have evolved over time. At first native woods were used, for instance, walnut in England and cherry in America. Later, the discovery and colonizing of tropical lands led to the discovery of fine hardwoods such as mahogany, ebony, and rosewood. Only the wealthy could afford these beautiful new woods. The cases using these fine woods were polished to reflect their inherent beauty. A fine flame on a longcase door is ideal. This flame is created by the cabinet maker when he chose where and how to cut the board or veneers from the trunk of the tree. The native woods such as walnut and cherry have characteristics such as burl, or beautiful color, and a home town cache that cannot be denied.
An antique clock is a piece of history, a witness to times past and cultures past. To wind an English clock from the 1800’s is to stand in the footprints of perhaps, a gentleman in a linen shirt with a high collar, a four in hand neck tie and frock coat. Parliament has burnt down and re-built with a magnificent bell tower housing a great clock with a bell nicknamed Big Ben. Charles Darwin has set out on the HMS Beagle, and the steam railway has made travel much easier.
Finally, an antique clock is useful and dependable. The ticking of a clock becomes part of the life of the house. Bell strikes mark the important hours in your life such as marriage, the birth of a baby, and anniversaries, just as they have marked history for over 100 years.
of your home, allowing a good cross section of examples. For instance: a Bracket
Clock in the entryway, a Longcase Clock in the living room, a Regulator in the office, a Carriage Clock in the bedroom, an Act of Parliament in the den, a Dial Clock in the kitchen and a Chronometer on the boat. If you prefer a collection based on a form of clock, maker, country or century, these would also be desirable.