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    Question Family Heirloom Clock Help

    This is a clock that has been apparently handed down for hundreds of years, the clock has no markings that could tell me where the clock was made, who made the clock or even how old the clock is. I have no family left to tell me about this clock, and it is driving me crazy looking for answers.

    If anyone can provide some insights it would be amazing - I am from Australia by the way.

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    Default Re: Family Heirloom Clock Help (By: jessica204)

    not that many hundreds, looks French to me and perhaps late 19th century? Would perhaps have had a garniture set originally, possibly a pair of candlesticks or somesuch to go either side. It looks like a nice one.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: Family Heirloom Clock Help (By: novicetimekeeper)

    The front pin escapement is called a Brocot escapement.
    It was invented by Brocot in 1823, so it can't be older than
    that. The clock looks to be late 1800's.
    We might tell more if we can see the back of the clock
    and any maker marks. There is usually a bell that can
    easily be removed to get a clear view.
    Tinker Dwight

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    Default Re: Family Heirloom Clock Help (By: novicetimekeeper)

    Hi Jessica,

    Welcome to the message board. Your clock does indeed look French and the late 19th century looks to be about right.

    One thing you might do is open the back cover and take a close up picture of the movement inside. That may help. There may be a trademark on the back of the movement. There will also probably be a bell on a post on the back of the movement held on by a small nut that you should be able to remove with your fingers. If you remove the nut, the bell should come right off. There may be a trademark hidden behind the bell. The bell will go right back on with the nut without any problems. The only thing to remember is to gently lift the hammer that strikes the bell when you put ii back on so that the hammer doesn't get trapped behind the bell. With those pictures, hopefully we will be able to pin things down a little better for you.

    Hope this helps,
    So many clocks to love.....So much time on my hands!

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