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Cmagan

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Hello Everyone, I found this old clock while cleaning out my fathers basement after he passed away last month and have idea what it is. It looks like scottish poets in the corners, heavy cast iron weights, is it mid 1800s? 27441260627171.jpeg 27441260627171.jpeg 20210501_102045.jpg 20210501_102413.jpg 20210501_102403.jpg 20210501_102512.jpg
 
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Can you read the name on the dial? It is difficult to make out on the photos - usually on these clocks the maker/retailers surname is the first word, and the second is the location where they sold the clock.

The body of the case looks in excellent condition, with beautiful veneers, but the hood looks like it needs a good cleaning - hopefully once clean the veneers will come up like the case. I would think it is slightly earlier than mid 1800s, but others with more expertise will know more.
 

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Alexander Low, Errol, is listed as working from 1815-1837. I can't quite make out the first name on your dial, but it might be Alexander. I think the clock is closer to 1837. It has a beautiful case.
 

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Typical Scottish painted longcase dial which emerged around 1830 and was very popular there from 1840-70, the painted bob is also a Scottish feature. The dial painting became progressively busier over time with the only part of the dial not completely painted was the chapter ring.

The first name isn't clear but Loomes lists two with the name Low in Errol, the one Jeremy mentioned and a James 1860, more likely to be the former. Another source has similar details for Alexander Low plus another Low, no first name, in Errol 1836.
 

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Name looks like Alexr Low, with the 'r' being smaller, as is typical at that time. The case looks like about 1830ish.

Movement needs a good strip and clean, but will last for centuries!
 
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Cmagan

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Can you read the name on the dial? It is difficult to make out on the photos - usually on these clocks the maker/retailers surname is the first word, and the second is the location where they sold the clock.

The body of the case looks in excellent condition, with beautiful veneers, but the hood looks like it needs a good cleaning - hopefully once clean the veneers will come up like the case. I would think it is slightly earlier than mid 1800s, but others with more expertise will know more.

 

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Good afternoon, all!

Or since the clock is believed to be Scottish, and one of those four poets in the corners is probably Bobbie Burns, perhaps that sentence should be, "I think your reply has gone awry agley."

Best regards!

Tim Orr
 

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one of those four poets in the corners is probably Bobbie Burns
Upon first seeing the clock, I wondered about the names of the individuals in the four corners. Upper left, I can make out Scott, upper right might be Burns, but it's difficult to tell with the glare. Lower left starts with Ram...? and lower right maybe Ferguson? Perhaps the original poster could let us know the names associated with each image?
Thanks,
Pat
 

Cmagan

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Upon first seeing the clock, I wondered about the names of the individuals in the four corners. Upper left, I can make out Scott, upper right might be Burns, but it's difficult to tell with the glare. Lower left starts with Ram...? and lower right maybe Ferguson? Perhaps the original poster could let us know the names associated with each image?
Thanks,
Pat
Robert Burns; Allan Ramsay: Robert fergusson and Sir walter scott.
 
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I am sorry to hear of your father's passing but this clock is a beautiful piece of history to remember him by, and restoring it as a tribute to him should be a labor of love.
 

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