Dating painted dials
The majority of English grandfather clocks were made in The Midlands and the North of England.The new painted dial was cheaper and easier to produce and easier to read by the poor light available at night, so the brass dial was dropped from production over a very brief period, for our purposes it is fair to say that no brass dial clock was made in the big clock making centres after 1780.By 1730 the vast majority of grandfather clocks had two hands, for the hours and minutes.
A few simple things that can point you in the right direction and at the correct period for your antique wall clock, advertising clock or bracket clock.In terms of originality however, the astute specialist would quickly question a marquetry, walnut and ebony cased clock with a painted dial.Originality is critically important, both in confirming the age and in determining the real value of the clock.The worth (or value) will of course be concluded by looking at the best clocks available in a respectable dealers showroom.
These questions apparently can be answered quickly for some, thus leaving the owner with a date range and usually an over-inflated price.
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.