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There are exceptions to these sizes of course, but they are a good general guide when taken with other features.Another date clue I have noticed during clock repairs is that any screws in an early movement (1680 to 1750) have square heads.Northern makers had no tradition of making these clocks, so used the normal plated movement (vertical plates, horizontal pillars) from the start of their clockmaking.Hood pillars were barley-sugar twist until 1705, then either plain or fluted after this date. 1700 the hood pillars were attached to the hood door, and opened with it.Around the same period, with a slightly larger dial and a wooden hood to keep the dust out of the clock movement.
This style lasted for two hundred years till around 1880, when huge imports of cheap mass-produced German and American clocks put an end to longcase manufacture for good.Only a few custom-built grandfather clocks were made after this date.If your grandfather clock has a brass dial, it was probably made in the period between 16, and most likely between 17. Most of them only had one hand, because the average person had no need of knowing the time to the nearest minute, and with a bit of experience you can tell the time to the nearest five minutes on one of these early clocks.Village life was very conservative, and the people living in villages at this time still had no real need of to the minute time.From around 1730 -1770 (all these figures are approximate) the brass dial clock was made all over England in ever-increasing numbers, and the dials became more ornate as time went on, especially on the eight-day clocks.