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PAINTED DIAL LONGCASE CLOCK

Rotkreuz

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I recently purchased a painted-dial longcase clock knowing that the apparently late 19th century case was a marriage, but not certain as to why? Had the original case been damaged, or did a later owner decide the “new” case matched their home decor better? There’s likely no end to the speculation, but the thought also occurred after finding a nearly identical clock and case on the other side of the world that perhaps this was part of an enterprise where NOS may have been cased fifty years later—only a theory, but not out of the question entirely. Still, I am at a standstill in terms of deciding to look for an original case, or be satisfied with what I have—much depends on the provenance, and what can be gleaned from your input. Sadly, I do not have pics of the movement, but it is typical of early 19th century painted dial clocks. The last two pics are of a clock online that speaks to more similarities than not...something to consider.

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novicetimekeeper

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I would guess they say it is a marriage because the dial doesn't seem to fit well and the case is not English, but the case wouldn't necessarily be English anyway and it might fit better than it looks as it seems a bit low.
 

Rotkreuz

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I am sorry for not being clear...the marriage was between the movement and case to be certain...it was not an assumption, but the question is...if one had to offer an opinion—or speculate—would this have taken place in the late 19th century as an “upgrade” to the case...would it have been as I suggested, and possibly be a NOS movement that was cased fifty years after it was made...this is a stretch, but the last two pictures point to the other clock which closely resembles mine. An example would be taking a painting with a period frame, but then placing it in a more contemporary frame with the hope it will salvage the painting and prolong its relevance. This is all speculative...no definitive explanation. Thanks for your input.
 

zedric

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My understanding is that at various times, container loads of longcase clocks were shipped to the US, where customers could then chose the movement and case that they wanted, mix and match style. Pick a pretty dial, and a case that fit with what your other furniture looked like, and away you go.
 

jmclaugh

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A nice dial and the corner and arch painting is nicely done, some of them are cruder, it looks around 1830 or later.

Can't help with the case though it is well made.
 

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