Antique Bracket Clocks


Antique Bracket clocks are essentially spring driven table clocks, some of which have matching wall brackets on which to sit, hence the name Bracket Clock. They are regulated by a short swinging pendulum, and may have a verge or an anchor escapement depending on their date of manufacture. The first London bracket clocks were made in the 1660s and thereafter bracket clocks were produced in varying forms in both London and the provinces for the next 250-years. The earliest English seventeenth century bracket clock cases were inspired by classical architectural designs, so often had Greek pedimented or dome tops. They were veneered in fine exotic timbers such as ebony, olivewood, kingwood, marquetry and walnut onto an oak carcase. After 1740, mahogany, which was imported from Central America and the West Indies, became the bracket clock case veneer of choice, though home-grown pearwood was also used and ebonised to simulate the more expensive ebony veneers of the early cases.

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