Dating longcase clock hands

Before this clocks were…well they sucked really as timekeepers.

If a clock lost 5 minutes a day it was doing well but with the pendulum clock you could get it down to 5 minutes a week.

Suppliers of Tools, Spares, Parts and Materials to.

LONGCASE SECOND HAND PLAIN, SOLID BRASS (0289 000118) Second hand for mass-produced clocks.

LONGCASE SECOND HAND FANCY, PAINTED STEEL (0289 000202) Second hand for mass-produced clocks.

Pipe 3.5mm diameter, 30mm long with 1.5mm slit hole.

In 1660 clocks were tall and thin with small faces.

200 years later they were tall and fat with big faces.Clocks in the first 50 years of production were one handed – no second hand.When grandfathers came along the makers added an extra hand BUT they kept the old dial markings for the one handed clock This of course meant that the clock could be read only by the hour hand by those not used to the “new fangled” second hand.The pendulum clock was therefore a very useful thing but of course you needed a long case to cover the long pendulum (the longer the more accurate) and the Grandfather or Longcase clock was born.All had SQUARE faces without the arch on the top until 1700 when the arched dial was introduced.Less expensive to produce and engineer it became the favourite for the majority of clocks produced outside the cities.