Jun 11 2013


The craftsmen who made the cases for Cheshire Grandfather clocks ran alongside the best case makers from any part of the country, for quality and style. Superb cases were made from the very elaborate walnut and mahogany cases right down to the very desirable plain and simple cottagers’ oak cased clocks. Like other parts of the country, cases were made from all sorts of woods.The most popular being oak,mahogany and walnut ,with decorations and inlays of many sorts of exotic woods.

The construction and style of the case can give a very good idea as to the age and origins of the clock. Early clocks were slim and elegant, later ones became bigger resulting in the description of the ” Fat Northern  Clock ” which Cheshire case makers contributed to.

The general thought is that most cases were not made by the person whose name appears on the dial. Cases were made by all sorts of people ,local cabinet makers , blacksmiths and even undertakers were the sort of craftsmen that the clockmaker would employ to make the case.

Ernest L Edwards in his book ” The grandfather Clock ” quotes from W.C. Hazlitt’s book ” The Livery Companies of the city of London ” 1892 under ” The Clockmakers.” When the clockmakers company was constituted in 1631, the science had already made substantial progress and the Coffin Clock was an established fact of some standing. The earliest manufacturers of this type were no doubt tentative in their construction, and destitute of external embellishment, and the  richly decorative grandfather clock  cases, which are to be seen in European museums , belong to a later period. the extensive employment of wood for the coffin clock brought the blacksmiths into contact with the  woodmongers ”

Now – a – days,  the Interior designer is brought in when someone want a good job done, and some designers are better than others, so you get all sorts of fashions and designs resulting in better or worse jobs, as with the clockmakers. Some case makers had more imagination than others in design and construction and were better at designing and making the right case for the right dial. The plain oak, mahogany and walnut cases that house the brass faces, were very similar all over the country, but the spectacular mahogany cases and the oak case cross banded mahogany cases that house the very colourful painted dial grandfather clocks are found particularly in the northern part of the country which includes Chesire.





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