How to Choose a Grandfather Clock

The goal is not to find a Grandfather in perfect condition. Doing so may constantly push your findings hopes to calandes Greek. The aim will be to dig up an original grandfather clock which has an authenticity and retain after a restore. Whatever budget you want to, you need precise details so as not to make mistakes and to assess, with the seller, a fair and reasonable price. Then it’s your motivation that will matter.

The first thing is to have an overview. The Grandfather has a silhouette that follows strict rules. You can find comtoises whose elements have been swapped with another pendulum. These mixtures may cause incompatibilities in terms of aesthetics and function.

If Grandfather is scattered (The pendulum from one side, the movement and the body of another) climb all as if you wanted to switch it on, this in a well lit area.Place all doors with the fittings on the right side, the closing hooks is always placed on the left (when facing the Grandfather).

It is therefore necessary to ensure priority that nothing is missing and that everything is the original set. Make sure the weight, winding crank, the balance, the movement, the large front door and three doors on top are there.

To learn how to determine what movement or balance is what kind of cash to go “identification of the Grandfather”.

Let us now see in detail the different parts that constitute the clock.

P our get an idea of the quality of the sheath must ensure that its decoration is preserved-not always easy-if a thick layer of paint prevents to see, look at the door of the balance in grazing light. Arabesques being hollow, may find yourself traces and differences in thickness. You then need to look at, in the same way, the entire façade. So you can be sure of the existence of the scenery.However, nobody can guarantee its preservation.As in a lottery that will offer you the worst and the best. In most cases restoration work will be necessary to prove and maintain the quality of the decor.

If the former setting is visible make sure it is original. If parts were pickled, evaluate about decorating percentage that was spared. Of course, the more initiated in its entirety, plus the sheath loses interest, plus the restoration will be costly.

Feel the wood inside to see if he is healthy and make sure no latte was glued inside or behind doors. Observe if the parties have not been truncated or else added.

Above The fittings were changed instead.

The result is not encouraging. These fittings were not simple bent nails. They were cleverly hammered.

Despite their rough appearances, they are particularly resistant.

Another advantage is their discretion.

The cons we can see the patterns in the dirt and waxes.

Basically, faux wood is imperceptible. It is important to look very closely because the defects emerge after the first cleaning and will be amplified.

Downstairs the decor and wood were largely initiated by moisture, but the whole remains very interesting.

You should take into account the usual damage: the splintering the parties decayed, broken glasses, feet sawn etc…

Crates could present singularities in the form of-atypical proportions. The decorations can be more or less worked, sometimes with specific prowess in making freehand arabesques-in confections flower motifs.

Beware comtoises that were cobbled together and we want to impersonate genuine, especially in the decoration. For this advice: take with you the book “the great clock“. You will not have a better adviser at hand, the best is to get acquainted with the decorative appearance of wall clocks.

It must especially beware of hacks (often visible to rough welds and iron son walking around) that have been made and missing parts. If some axes against iron pillars are unoccupied there is a high probability that some pieces have disappeared. You will find in my website a burst of motion in the section ” Calibration and adjustment ” . Ask the seller to operate the motion before you. Do not get any illusions. A motion will operate 15 minutes and stop a few minutes later. The ringer can work well 5 hours in a row and then hear failed. If you are told that the movement is secured request a paper dated and signed, committing the seller.

Rate cleanliness, rust.

Regarding the facade see if the brass around the movement has not been folded. The colors are they original? Is the enamel dial in good condition?

Some mechanisms may develop complications like multiple ringtones, alarm systems, calendar, moons, quarters etc… can be found pendulums mirrors, automata or barometer. The interest and the value of the clock will be even more important. Attention because it is very common that there are missing parts on these objects.Only a wise eye, unfortunately, can you confirm it.

The mechanisms, in most cases, will require restoration and a complete overhaul.

The art movements Comtois, of Mayet brothers in 1660, until the end of the period exclusively artisanal, 1830, are to evaluate differently. In this case, the body (if any) is not a comtoise. I will speak as the mechanism. To identify them, go to the section “Identification of the Grandfather” .

These mechanisms are of great interest because they were hand-made. It is for these same reasons they are now rarer.

D ifficile to answer this question. From 1830 until the end of 1920 to 1930 models evolve and keep little for most of the production of similar characteristics. Prices vary less over the period compared to the aesthetics and complications. They might start from 300 euros and less for a Grandfather filthy. 600 to 1000 euros for a clock interesting aspect that nothing is missing and 1600-4600 euros and more for clocks that have special or have been restored in the rules of art. This is an extremely wide range and depends on many criteria.

If you find a movement without cash or credit union without movement, you will get the supplement. Again, attention to incompatibility issues. Only a person familiar with both the movement and the jacket will bring you full satisfaction.

It must take the time to read the classifieds, visiting flea markets and antique shops, also the auctions. Do not hurry, everything depends on your perseverance. Also on internet sites selling auction which often offer Grandfather clocks.

Pensez its value is underlying. Unless the clock is in perfect condition (which is rare), you should think about its restoration. Only a long work of specialist will be able to restore its intrinsèque. Vous value will therefore invest a certain price for its rehabilitation.