I always find acquiring an antique clock the beginning of a detective investigation to try and determine what was original, what was later modified and why, and the origins of the particular clock. I have one that someone here might be able to aid me with - it is an 18th century long case from Lancashire area. It is a carved oak case, 7'6" high.with brass faced 8 day movement labelled "Jonathan Lees - Oldham" First question arises is whether this is the same Jonathan Lees for whom many clocks have been recorded, but all stamped as made in Bury, another town about 14 km away. He is a known maker shown as producing clocks between 1730 and 1760 in Bury, and later moving to Middleton from 1760 until his death in 1785. To add uncertainty, the case has "1709" carved into it as part of the design. If it were the same man, that chronology doesn't work as while I don't know how long a clockmakers apprenticeship took, I would think that the earliest one would be selling clock in his own name would be by the age of 25 or so. If that 1709 date was correct, a birthdate in the 1680s would make Jonathan around 100 by the time of his death..... Some details of the clock indicate likely age - the dial centre is nicely engraved (a practice that was less likely after 1730), and there are rings around the winding holes (common until c. 1750). The dial is 12" which would become common from about the 1740s. The caddy style top would indicate early, but OTOH, it may have been added later to a pagoda top or a flat top case. There is one hole right on top and one (filled) at the top on each side, so finials are likely at some point. I haven't been into the movement yet so no help from that. Any guesses on whether the case or much of it is original based on what you can see?