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Some interesting antiquarian articles

On this page are links to a selection of antiquarian articles which have appeared in Clocks in recent years. We also feature regular practical articles and articles of general horological interest.

Positively cuckoo
by Brian Barkworth, Australia, September 2004.
"I like the idea of the cuckoo clock. I like the whole Black Forest story—the myths and legends that have grown up around it seem splendid to me. " more

How to date a grandfather clock
by Dennis Radage, Canada, November 2007.
"There are usually two key questions that always seem to be asked when presented with an antique clock: when was my clock made? and what is my clock worth? There's actually a third question ..." more

The 400-day clock
by Mun Chor Weng, Singapore, July 2009.
"Many collectors are curious about the origins of the term '400-day' clock. While we have yet to completely document the origin of the term, we have been able to uncover some interesting facts.' more

The artistry of the skeleton watch
by Douglas Caulkins, USA, February 2007.
"Even when arranged with other timepieces, skeleton clocks and watches always draw attention. Instead of a handsome case ... the focus of a skeleton watch or clock is the intricate and artful piercing of the plates ...' more

English wall clocks of the 18th to 20th centuries
by Ian Beilby, UK, January 2010.
"English wall clocks have evolved over a period of nearly 300 years. Their appeal and longevity is without doubt due to their visual accessibility and their excellent timekeeping qualities." more

The truth about Barlow
by John Robey, UK, February 2011.
"One of the historical 'facts' that has been included in just about every horological book ... is that the Reverend Edward Barlow ... invented rack striking in 1676." more

Clock dial curiosities
by M F Tennant, UK, August 2011.
"Although the majority of my work as a dial restorer is with painted dials, I have recorded some interesting brass dials or pieces thereof." more
The Ogdens: A complicated family
by Brian Loomes, UK, October 2014.
"A lantern clock came to light recently, which was unsigned but clearly from the workshop of the Halifax Ogdens. This led me to look back at my earlier researches ..." more

French four-glass clocks
by Ian Beilby, UK, August 2007.
"The majority of French four-glass clocks manufactured during the last quarter of the 19th century could not be simpler in design, and I am sure they were offered as a refined alternative to some of the more ornate ... French mantel clocks of the same period." more

Early clockmakers of Scotland
by John Hunter, UK, October 2011.
"The origin of the mechanical clock is shrouded in the mists of antiquity ... We don't know when the first clock was set going in Scotland ..." more

Black Forest Jugendstil
by Douglas Stevenson, USA, October 2006.
"T he seemingly invincible myth that cuckoo clocks were the be-all and end-all of Schwarzwald clockmaking is an irritant ...' more

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