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Help with early Scottish Tall Case

vince-phyl

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Does anyone have any idea about this clock? Owners say that it is from 1750's...

I would like to give them ANY information.

Help would be appreciated....

Thank you in advance........

Vince Angell
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Les harland

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Loomes Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World lists:-
Angus, George apprenticed 1782 Peter Gill Aberdeen Scotland, then Broad street Aberdeen 1799- d1830
 

novicetimekeeper

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Loomes Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World lists:-
Angus, George apprenticed 1782 Peter Gill Aberdeen Scotland, then Broad street Aberdeen 1799- d1830
That seems far more likely, 1750 is too early.

It is a very unusual looking case. The flat top case with arched dial is a very Scottish look, but I haven't seen that decoration on the hood before. I don't see that many Scottish clocks though.

This is an early painted dial, but not an early longcase clock.
 

Andy Dervan

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Vince,

Two comments:

What is the dial's width? If it is 13 inches it is definitely after 1800.

It would be helpful to see movement photographs; movements can approximately dated with the shape of pillar posts.

Andy Dervan
 

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Scottish clocks don't generally follow fashion rules too closely, but the style of dialplate decoration would usually be considered pre 1800.
 

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I appreciate it isn't easy to but check the rear of the dial as it may have a dialmaker's name. Most dials on Scottish longcase clocks prior to 1800 where English but by that time a native dialmaking style had emerged which featured fully painted corner decoration of a geometric or semi-geometric pattern. This pattern was often of fans enclosed by a solid line of two straight edges and one curved like this dial. The geometric decoration on this clock is even replicated in the long-hood.
 

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I appreciate it isn't easy to but check the rear of the dial as it may have a dialmaker's name. Most dials on Scottish longcase clocks prior to 1800 where English but by that time a native dialmaking style had emerged which featured fully painted corner decoration of a geometric or semi-geometric pattern. This pattern was often of fans enclosed by a solid line of two straight edges and one curved like this dial. The geometric decoration on this clock is even replicated in the long-hood.
funny, I was just looking at the pictures again and thinking that about the hood decoration. Unusual to see a design followed through like that. Shows a lot of thought.
 

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