English Bracket clocks

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  1. cucoclock

    cucoclock Registered User

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    Hello,

    Lately I´m interested in english bracket clocks.

    I think antiques bracket clocks are really great.

    Can anyone tell me 3 bracket clocks books?

    I´m interested in technical, identification, and also repair.

    I´m a restorer of antiques clocks, and I´m not looking for elemental books. I would like to know the best 3 one´s in yout opinion.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Miguel
     
  2. Dexx

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    For a chronological treatment of English bracket clocks, I'd suggest a a few books. The first would be 'Early English Clocks' by Dawson, Drover and Parkes, published by the Antique Collectors' club ISBN 0902028596. This is a substantial, highly scholarly work with lavish illustrations and techincal details about the development of English clocks, including 'spring clocks' (i.e. what you are calling bracket clocks). You may find the book well worth purchasing for the sake of the chapters on spring clocks alone! This book covers English clockwork up to about George I.

    The next book would be 'The Georgian Bracket Clock' by Richard Barder. This book picks up where the previous one leaves off and takes you up to just before Queen Vic. The book is also published by the Antique Collectors' Club ISBN 1851491589. In my opinion this book does not maintain the scholarly standards of the previous book, but it is still a substantial work, based on the knowledge and experience of Richard Barder, who was a dealer in clocks. The book is highly illustrated throughout.

    If you want to move into Victorian territory and up to more recent times, I'd suggest 'The Bracket Clock' by Deryck Roberts, published by Davis & Charles ISBN 0715382616. The later chapters in the book cover the period from Victorian up to the present. The book is quirky and in my opinion, and entertaining read with some thought-provoking observations.

    So far as repair is concerned, I'm not sure what you are asking for. All the usual practices of clock repair would apply to bracket clocks, so I imagine that these skills and techniques could be gleaned from many standard clock repair books. However, one feature that is particular to "bracket" clocks is quarter repeating work, which can vary considerably in its layout and modus operandi. If you are interested in this (and you'd have to be if you intend to repair older bracket clocks) then I'd suggest 'Hobson's Choice - English Bracket Clock Repeating Work' by Charles Hobson. It is published by Malcolm Gardner ISBN 0950825808. The book contains working sketches and explanations of examples of quarter repeating work by various makers. This work is out of print (like the book by Deryck Roberts), but you should be able to find it at a specialist bookseller or perhaps even on ebay.
     
  3. cucoclock

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    Hello Dexx,

    Thank you very much for the information.

    I bought recently a bracket clock and I´m looking for to advance in the knowledge of this particular clocks.

    You can see here this bracket clock, the last one of my clock collection.

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    Best regards,
    Miguel
     
  4. Dexx

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    Hello Miguel,

    That's a nice clock you have there. I like the good proportions of the case, and the clock has some desirable features that are commonly taken as signs of extra quality: The pillars look very thick, robust and nicely knopped; the brass edging to the front door window is nice to see; I like the decorative, tear-shaped foot to the bell stand; and the splendid calibrated pendulum is something that one hopes for in clocks of this type from this period. I would not argue with your date of circa 1820. There's a chapter in the Barder book I mentioned that has quite a few clocks with cases, dials and movements similar to yours, ranging in date from about 1800 to 1830s. The author discusses nuances of style and dating. I think you'd be interested.

    Having acquired a beautiful clock like this, it is definitely time to celebrate :Party:

    All the best,
    Dexx
     
  5. jmclaugh

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    Another very nice clock Miguel. Dexx has given you an excellent list of books to which I would only add English Domestic Clocks by Cescinsky & Webster which although primarily dealing with longcase clocks has a good chapter on bracket clocks from 1670-1800. It is also published by the Antigue Collectors Club but afaik is out of print.
     
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    A quick search on the "Addall" booksearch (but I'm sure others would be the same) showed plenty of secondhand copies available of cecinsky and webster, both of the original and the 2000 or 2001 (I think) reprint.
    David
     
  7. Ansomnia

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    Another very useful but often overlooked book on English bracket clocks is "English Bracket and Mantel Clocks" by Andrew Nicholls, a specialist on dial restoration. It contains useful information on cases, dials, movements and some noted makers. Particularly interesting are the author's comments on dials. He also discusses the company records of the clockmaking trade.

    This book is from the same publication that put out the Hana book on "English Lantern Clocks", another very useful clock book.


    Michael
     
  8. cucoclock

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    hI daveR,

    Thank you very much for your information.

    Best regards,
    Miguel
     
  9. cucoclock

    cucoclock Registered User

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    Hello Michael,

    Thank you very much for your comment.

    I really like how people help others, when we are looking for some information on internet.

    This forum is very usefull.

    I´m a clock collector, repairer and restorer, and is great to participate in forum like this one.

    Thank you very much.

    Kind regards,
    Miguel.
     

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