Types of escapement used in antique clocks over the centuries

Types of escapement used in antique clocks over the centuries
Posted on 25 January 2016

In order to properly function, antique clocks depend on a key element, the escapement – a mechanism made up of a wheel and anchor, which regulates periodic impulses by means of a balance effect or a pendulum. They are still in fact used today in some modern clocks as a mainly decorative element rather than for their accuracy, with today’s clocks normally opting for digital alternatives. For their time, however, clock escapements were cutting-edge in th... Read More »

A biography of the Webster family of clockmakers

A biography of the Webster family of clockmakers
Posted on 15 January 2016

Passed down from father to son for over 200 years, the Webster family of clockmakers were one of the most prominent in English clockmaking, and made not only clocks but also watches and marine chronometers. The dynasty began with William Webster, who was appointed as an apprentice initially to John Barnet in 1701 before completing his apprenticeship with the father of English clockmaking, Thomas Tompion, working as a journeyman. Upon completing his apprenticeship, he became f... Read More »

Types of clock made in Great Britain throughout its history

Types of clock made in Great Britain throughout its history
Posted on 08 January 2016

Great Britain has long been one of the centres of European clockmaking excellence - London in particular. With an influx of immigrants such as the Dutch and the French Huguenots helping to build on how clocks were made and the accuracy of their timekeeping, clock quality improved not only in the United Kingdom but throughout the world. Below is a comprehensive list of the various different types of clocks made by British clockmakers throughout the ages: Bracket clo... Read More »

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