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After 1750 the screw heads are round, and the thread profile is better cut.From 1730 longcase clocks ceased being made in London, the clockmakers followed the demands of fashion, and made bracket, or shelf clocks.This is not guaranteed however, in Southern England the clockmakers continued to make this type of movement from the start right through to 1820.Very few Northern makers used this movement, it was essentially the same as the even earlier Lantern Clock movement.Often known as "hoop and spike" clocks because of the iron hoop to hang the clock from, and the spikes at the bottom to dig in the wall and keep the clock steady.From now on the timekeeping of clocks improved by a huge amount using the longer pendulum and "anchor" escapement.1750, with a fixed hand pointing to the date number.( see Lomax dial below ) The date numbers were engraved on a wheel which revolved behind the dial to show the current date number.
A "bird-cage" movement (it has vertical pillars and the plates are horizontal top and bottom) is often taken to be a sign of an early clock.Only a few custom-built grandfather clocks were made after this date.If your grandfather clock has a brass dial, it was probably made in the period between 16, and most likely between 17. Most of them only had one hand, because the average person had no need of knowing the time to the nearest minute, and with a bit of experience you can tell the time to the nearest five minutes on one of these early clocks.More features appeared, such as seconds hands in a small subsidiary dial, date hands or wheels, and moon phases, usually in an arch on top of the dial, but sometimes in small aperture in the dial itself Dial centres were matted till C.1700, then engraved all over with foliage type designs till C.1730.Some dials were then engraved over a matted centre, the Sam Lomax dial below right is a good example of this.