Dating english tall case clocks

Up until then hand cast and finished brass movements were very expensive.

Chauncy Jerome began manufacturing cheap 30-hour brass movements in the 1830’s; by the early 1840’s brass movements virtually replaced wooden ones.

c1792 – paper clock dials were introduced and applied to a wooden or metal backing.

c1896 – marking the country of origin was required on clocks imported into the United States; e.g.

Made in England or England, Made in France, France, etc.

If your clock was made in Britain or America up to about 1860, here's how you can do it yourself. If it's Continental, the process would be the same but you'll need to find the right reference books.) An admittedly simple-minded approach for a start in dating is to compare the features of your clock's dial and case to photos in reference books.

Our Reading List includes the main references, and most of these books are available from specialist booksellers or libraries.

c1800 – reverse-painted glass tablets date from the early 1800’s.