English Country Grandfather Clocks: The Brass-dial Longcase - Richard C. R. BarderLondon: Bracken Books, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “Ninety per cent of our traditional brass-dialled longcases, known affectionately as grandfather clocks, were made by local makers in country towns and villages; yet until now most books on the subject have concentrated on the more famous London makers. This is the first reference book devoted solely to the English country longcases. Detailed and beautifully illustrated it covers the work of some eighty makers in twenty-eight counties, from their hesitant beginnings around 1660 until 1830 when they were largely eclipsed by the factory-made painted-dial clock. It also provides a fascinating insight into the lives and backgrounds of the clockmakers themselves.
The English Country Grandfather Clock traces the history, development and manufacture of movements and cases, incorporating new research on eighteenth-century lacquer-cased clocks, and including practical advice on buying, restoration, research, maintenance — and detecting fakes. This handsome book contains all the necessary information for assessing the age, origins and quality of any English, brass-dial, country longcase — whether a saleroom piece or cherished family grandfather clock.”