Dating brass dial longcase clocks

Of course you always have the trader who deliberately adds a name on a dial to increase the clock's value or to conceal its poor quality.

Take a look at my page on FAKE DIAL CLOCKS and my concern about the abundance of suspicious clocks with the hinge on the left instead of the right, where the bezel is fitted with bevelled glass (almost unheard of for the period) and where the same number (6472) is stamped on the brass backplate.

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But please, no phone calls for this service - it's only a hobby and I have a proper day job to attend to in order to earn a living!

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Conversely, the second picture shows a 12in dial from a similar fusée clock signed by J Adamson of Thirsk. Whether painted or brass, these dials will very often show the maker's name and place of manufacture, such as James Edwards of Godalming in Surrey (1828-1851) as the third illustration depicts.

Now the only Adamson ever recorded as making clocks in Thirsk is John Adamson, but he worked there in 1773 and I don't believe this clock is really as old as that, though I could be wrong. This dial is typical of the period from around 1800 until 1830 - any earlier and it would have had 'five minute' numbering instead of 'fifteen minute' - any later and there would have been no minute numbering at all.

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