Hackett Grandfather clock at an auction

Garydw

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While looking through the local paper I saw an ad for an auction (60 miles away) this weekend. The listing described a pine grandfather clock 17th or 18th century signed Hackett. What beyond "curb appeal" Case and dial conditionare important factors. How do you tell if the clock has a 30 hour vs an 8 day movement. I am considering asking a fellow Nawcc member who repairs clocks to go with me but was wondering what books are recommended for grandfather clocks? A google search resulted in an English clockmaker in that time period but not much else. What ad
 

Garydw

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Dec 19, 2001
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While looking through the local paper I saw an ad for an auction (60 miles away) this weekend. The listing described a pine grandfather clock 17th or 18th century signed Hackett. What beyond "curb appeal" Case and dial conditionare important factors. How do you tell if the clock has a 30 hour vs an 8 day movement. I am considering asking a fellow Nawcc member who repairs clocks to go with me but was wondering what books are recommended for grandfather clocks? A google search resulted in an English clockmaker in that time period but not much else. What ad
 
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chasbaz

Hi Gary,

Unfortunately there is no cast-iron way to know if this clock is right or not. The only thing is to call the auctioneer and ask questions.
Like,
- is it a brass or painted dial? Or wood?
- Does it have winding holes? [no winding holes usually means a 30-hour]
- does the 'Hackett' have a place name too?
- does it have a mechanical movement [i.e. not quartz]
- if so is it brass or wooden?

Brass dial + brass movement possibly means it is a British clock, pre-1800

Painted dial and brass movement often means British but could be American

Wood dial/movement means American

I'm sure others will think of further questions you can ask.

Best, Charles
 

Ralph

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The best book for Longcase Clocks is John Robey's , Longcase Reference. It is a 2 Vol set. It is the gold standard right now for tallcase information.
It is out of print. Check eBay or the eMart here on the NAWCC site, if you are a member.

It is limited on makers info....Baillies, Loomes, Spittlers & Bailey, etc are maker's references.

Ralph
 

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