How to Date Your Old Clock

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Finding the date of your clock can be done by using various techniques.
Finding the date of your clock can be done by using various techniques. (Image: clock image by Jaroslav Machacek from Fotolia.com)

Dating a clock can be a daunting task but an exciting one. Clocks have played an important role in our everyday lives for centuries. They have been produced in different designs and styles. They have helped us to keep our schedules, as well determine the time while traveling to other countries with different time zones. Discovering the date of your old clock can provide you with an intriguing history. There are various methods that can be used to help you determine the date of your clock.

Look at the signed dial on your clock to determine how old it is. It is not unusual to see the name or signature of the manufacturer on the signed dial. Look at the label next to the name, where you will see more information about the clock such as the origin and the date of the clock.

Use the style of the clock to help you determine how old it is. Information including the styles of clocks such as steeple, black mantel, banjo, OOG, beehive, cottage, lantern and the iron style can be found documented in clock books.

Inspect things such as the stenciling or the types of strike which may be the rod, gong, bell, and the chime. These can help to pinpoint the date that your clock was originally made.

Look at the different case and movement features to find the date of your old clock. For example, the gold electroplating was first introduced in 1836. It was a replacement for the gilding metals which contained mercury. The calendar movements were originated in the year 1660.

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