Just rub it in like you were polishing a piece of metal, then buff it off with a soft cloth. Alkaline also acts as a stripping chemical for shellac, so we essentially removed the outer layer of worn shellac in the process. Clockmaking was a significant industry in southeastern Massachusetts in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There are twenty four in the series at the moment October 2015 and others will be added and announced on the website www. If a plastic clock housing has a lot of scratches, I have even been known to begin with automotive rubbing compound, then work my way down to finer polishes.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they tended to call them hall clocks. I should mention that antique tall-case clocks are prone to significant alteration and condition problems. The clock in Photo 4 is also an electric clock, and is covered in leather. An even more now everything comes from China. A good copy with dust jacket.
If you're a professional wood worker I'm a professional Luthier of 21 years and are contemplating clock making clock case making for the purists here I would grab this book and any others that free up you creative energy - then make some really nice clocks. A Quaker clockmaker would be more likely to take on the child of one of his Quaker associates as an apprentice than someone unknown. Some cabinetmakers made their own inlay, but others purchased it. Or, re-create the beauty of traditional clock cases by designing and constructing your own--you'll find plans for everything from cuckoo and mantel clocks to long-cases, and 13 different historically accurate hood types. Most such clocks are French but English, American and German examples are often found. Collectors Weekly: Did the tall-case clockmakers start making dwarf clocks? In each of these stages, he remained a talented and committed yet independent Shaker, one who chose to stay with the community but often struggled to abide by its stringent rules, including the vow of celibacy.
Simon Willard in Roxbury, Massachusetts, patented the , or the patent timepiece, in 1802. Any assistance would be nice. A clock with a repainted dial has very little antique value. Sullivan: It depends on the region. Neither had any formal education and both came from poor families. The local merchant or person who bought it could have a case made locally for the set of works.
This new wall clock was an instant success and in 1802 he had it patented. I think the term is less common than it used to be. Around 1800, clockmaking began to take off, and they became a little bit cheaper. There is a useful appendix on makers and their marks that is helpful for identification purposes. You occasionally see a generic case from rural areas: It could be New Hampshire, Maine, or western Massachusetts. Both Thomas and Hoadley started at Terry's shop as humble joiners. A novice collector looking through auction catalogs is really going to be confused by the variety of prices.
Alongside the very detailed and precise descriptions, there are many illustrations that deal with everything from chimes and the description of striking works, to hints on clock making. But most of the very first clocks made in this country had relatively simple cases. They would also do gunsmithing and metalwork for jewelry. The book opens with a description of the various tools and materials essential for good work; details are then given concerning the construction and repair of the various types of movement, trains, motion work and gearing, the various forms of escapement, keyless mechanisms, balances and balance springs, pendulums, striking and repeating mechanisms, calendars, chronograph work and chronometers. One day, I wandered into a local antiques shop and asked the guy there if he had anything that needed to be repaired.
I look at the finish on the clock's case. During my outings I'm always on the lookout for an old clock, particularly old alarm clocks and mantle clocks. She taught and did research at the California State University, Long Beach until she retired in the late '90s. Straightening this mount fixed the clock. Harland moved to Norwich, Connecticut where he began making clocks. Clocks were made to be wound completely.
How well this clock illustrates these lofty themes. Later in the 18th century, bracket clocks began being imported from England. Shellac is by nature glossy, so the reflective, glossy sheen you see is typical of new shellac surfaces. This is an illustration of how furniture items blend art and function so well. With electric clocks, always replace the old cord. They were much cheaper than clocks built with imported brass parts.
These clocks were usually found in cases that was six feet tall. The author gives advice on the tools and workspace required, how to remove the movement from the case and how to hold it. Because Connecticut clocks are easier to find, there are probably more collectors of Connecticut-production, mid-19th-century clocks than collectors of the earlier. Find out where to buy products and supplies. Good copy covers slightly marked , card covers.