Is there a catalog of clock tablets?

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  1. jboger

    jboger Registered User

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    Are there any references, possibly a database on this Forum, that catalogs clock tablets? I would like to see an extensive listing, if such a thing exists.
     
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    I suppose the short answer is that I know of no such database or catalog. The universe of clock tablets is immense. It would help, at a minimum, to know what period (and specifically what type of clock) the question pertains to. With that information, someone might be able to point you to a resource that would help you in your quest.
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    Reverse glass painters like Tom Moberg and Lee Davis have collected images of original tablets so they can reproduce them when requested by customers.

    They don't have databases, but they could provide guidance on what would be proper tablet glass for a particular shelf clock model.\

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    if you have relationships with them perhaps you could float an offer from me to create an easy-to-manage website where they could upload and show images... think it would be good to capture/collect/archive this info before it gets lost. you can visit my website at bruce's CLOCKS for a quick example...

    i know for example that tom is not a digital guy... but he has family with mobile phones who could take photos and upload them.

    just thinking out loud...
     
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    #5 Bruce Alexander, Nov 30, 2019
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    These publications from 1984 & 1994 might be helpful

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    516EuXqNyRL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    There's no identification of Make or Model, just mid-19th Century Connecticut.

    They are available on Amazon, of course. I acquired my "More Clock Decorating Stencils" from Crunruh but prices have gone up since then.
     
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    Those are excellent publications but the focus is solely upon the artistry of William Fenn. They contain examples of his tablets & images using the original stencils (donated to the ACWM by his daughter). His work has been discussed extensively on the MB, too including a thread.

    Paul Henion has written a good Bulletin article & started a thread about tablets using lithographs.

    Do some searching around.

    RM
     
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    My apologies to everyone who has responded to my original post. I've been occupied with work and other things and have not checked this thread recently. I see many people have responded with good advice and references. I will look into them.

    Although this discussion is of a general nature, it was initiated by a tablet of Knowsley Hall. I have seen several such tablets now, and they are all clearly of Knowsley Hall, particular one colonnaded structure. My brother has been doing double duty trying to reconstruct the image on my tablet. He is now convinced that the tablet is not of Knowsley Hall even though the picture has the caption "Knowsley Hall / London". We know that the real Knowsley Hall is near Merseyside, so "London" is clearly a mistake.

    Are there any known tablets that are completely erroneous, that claim, for example, the depicted building to be one building when in fact we know it is another? My feeling is that there is no such case, but my brother thinks otherwise. My question is of a general nature, not necessarily specific to my tablet.
     
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    It's worth the wait to load, and if you're looking at it online, you can enlarge the images to see the wonderful detail in these old tablets.

    Is your tablet like the one pictured in this thread?
    Need tablet design for E Terry & Sons clock

    As for your image being different than what is normally shown for Knowsley Hall, the upper image in the post above appears to the very similar to a circa 1880s image shown in the Knowsley Hall article on Wikipedia.
     
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    Happy New Year everyone!
    This image of Knowsley Hall was in my opinion a reverse painting, not a lithograph and not an engraved image; based on another image of this exact same tablet that I have.
    And if truly a reverse painting it would not be surprising to see some minor differences between the actual building and the tablet. Ever try doing one of these? It's not too easy. And the artist was also copying either a sketch of the building or a lithograph of it, so errors could be multiplied.

    Also, the fact that the town is mis-stated as London is not too alarming. If the Artist called it out as Merseyside not many would know where that actually is whereas London has instant recognition. So this might have been intentional, Or perhaps the artist was just simply mis-informed on the location. (and he could check out wikipedia, could he)

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