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P.Hageman

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I thought it would be a nice thread about the most delicate, most ornate, most whatever hands you have found on one of your clocks. I know of early French clock hands which are masterpieces of art. Early English or Dutch are also known to me as sometimes very delicate cut. I kick off by showing the hands of an early English longcase, although the hour hand has been repaired, it still shows its beauty. So show us your hands! :)

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Let's give everyone a big hand for their postings.

My tastes might be somewhat simpler and less sophisticated.

Here are some hands made for earlier American clocks:

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The hand made ones on a Maine mirror clock I believe to have been made by Wingate or Emerson. A bit crude but for me, therein lies the charm.

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These are the original but non-matching hands on a NH mirror clock by Benjamin Morrill. The hour hand cross piece is fashioned separately then joined to the rest of the hand.

The hands of mass produced American clocks are not without their charms. Here's a patriotic pair from a "triple decker":

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The label states, "Manufactured by/Atkins & Downs/for/George Mitchell". It is a "triple decker" with an 8 day ww movement, not brass. It is not a reversed train movement. This clock has been discussed on the Forums.

Here are what I call the "hollow spade" hands that were originally used by Brewster and Ingrahams gallery time pieces:

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Again, this and other examples of these gallery clocks have been discussed on the Forums.

I like the one off "folk art" clocks.

Here are the home made hands from a wall clock:

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This clock was discussed on the Forums a long time ago.

These are the hands from another "folk art" clock also previously posted on the Forums, the "Father TIme" clock:

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I believe these hands were reused from whatever clock had donated its movement and dial. This type of reuse was rather typical of many "folk art" clocks.

Finally, here are hands from a rare 20th century wooden works time and strike wall clock by Charles Alvah Smith of VT.:

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Supposedly, at least for his earlier clocks, he used scraps of ebony from the Estey Organ Co. to fashion these hands. For more about this clock and Charles Alvah Smith, see the Forums thread devoted to his clocks.

RM
 

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Always liked the Art Deco pointers on the Borgfeldt Celebrates. Well machined but on the fragile side since they're made from copper. When you've handled 10 clocks from this line with the same type of hands, you get good at working with them.
And knowing how to be careful with them. :o:)

That smaller subdial hand is painted steel and puts up with plenty of chime changes. 1926-1933 is your timeframe for these clocks.

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Chris Radano

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Late 1920's LFS chiming clock from a local auction.

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Longcase movement, Prague maker, early 18th century. Although this clock is dirty and untouched, I think this is the original spirit of the thread from P.Hageman's thinking, that earlier longcase clocks had 3 dimensions. This one has shaped winding squares. 1700 Longcase 2 001.JPG 1700 Longcase 002.JPG 1700 Longcase 004.JPG
 
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DeanT

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Early French Pendule Religieuse have beautifully engraved hands mostly gilt brass but the occasion silver hand such as the fist one in these photos.

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My snake-like hands :emoji_snake:
There are the cartouche numerals on ebay.fr , but it is pure luck to find the numeral, shape, and size you may need. If you have a damaged cartouche, in my opinion it's better to attempt a repair.

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DeanT

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Early 18thC English longcases with very similar hands. ;)



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I love the Burrows clock and the Goddard is no slouch. great hands too.
Nick, I was waiting for you to point out one set of hands was made as a copy of the other!

They both have exquisite half hour markers.
 

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How about tower clock hands? The first ones are very old, probably 18th century. They are iron; very thin and pitted due to centuries of corrosion. They are eastern European. The minute hand is 20" long; the hour hand is 16":

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The second set is much younger; made out of perhaps pot metal. The minute hand is 22";and the hour hand is 19":
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I use a local company for specials, and awf restorations keeps quite a few in stock for longcase, bracket, and dial clocks.
 

P.Hageman

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Lasercut hands and then afterwards file them by hand to give them that nice appearance. Thats a good way to go if you don't want to saw them yourselve.
 

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I keep forgetting about this little thing in my collection.
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I have this luxurious set of hands here: 7822F733-B033-4B78-9482-11B5FC255A15.jpeg
My most unique set of hands are these:
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I love clock hands, from the ornate to the simply made quality. For me they are one of the first things I look at and can really influence how a clock feels to me. Here are a few pairs around that I really admire.

Will

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Dean, on your Religieuse clocks. The decoration below the dials, are they all hinged. Are they cast or repouse'.

Thanks, Ralph
 

DeanT

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Yes the Cartouche's are hinged via two small rings at either end as they cover an aperture which allows the pendulum to be started from the front. The one without the cartouche shows what the aperture looks like.

Pretty sure they are cast and then engraved.

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My clocks probably aren’t as old as some of yours, but they have interesting or delicate hand styles.

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Hi Jessk, no its a Lenzkirch table/mantel clock (pic below). I have seen some Mora clocks with great hands though.

Will

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Lovely....I can't go past the skeletonised dial as my favourite.
I''m not always a fan of skeletonised chapter rings but I love that they are often silver. That one seems very fine, is it silver? The hour hand reminds me of my Knibb.
 

P.Hageman

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I knwe there would be coming a lot of very nice hands, thanks!
@ Will, those hands on the Lenzkirch, so beautiful!
 

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Found some more, again they might not Beas old but their still interesting. Numb. 1: Eddie Bower, Quartz movt., Numb. 2: Phinney - Walker, travel - alarm., Numb. 3: Unknown maker, Travel clock., Numb. 4: D & A mantle clock., Numb. 5: Hammond Tripoli series, electric shelf clock w/ colander., Numb. 6: Jughans cottage clock.

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Here's a group of hands I was able to pick up at a National many years ago. I think it was in Los Angeles.

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...and here are some from when a departed friend of mine would go to England and get hand sawn hands and engraving done for me,
unbelievably cheap.. The good old days

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Salsagev

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Here's a group of hands I was able to pick up at a National many years ago. I think it was in Los Angeles.

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Seriously?!?! You got hands that are nicer than clocks!
 

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Here’s my 1790’s James Tregent mantel. The minute hand was missing and after lots of research I made this one. Planning on getting it rose gold plated.

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I have only one cuckoo clock that I feel is worthy of hanging on my wall. One of the things I like about it is it’s hand-carved bone hands.

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