Jan 09 2015

SHAPE OF GRANDFATHER CLOCK HOODS

I think that the shape of a grandfather clock hood either makes or breaks a clock. Every clock needs the right shape of hood. A simple flat top can be just as good as an elaborate swan neck. On a typical early nineteenth century Cheshire clock, will be found fairly squat swan necks and quite a lot of space above the hood door. Just to finish the clock off, brass or wood finials will be found on the top of the hood. Many of these will have been replaced due to the originals being lost. Some people like them and some people don’t, it is  just down to individual taste. Sometimes above the hood door is seen fretwork. This is probably more for decoration than for letting more sound out when the clock strikes. However, the little window or door in the side of a hood was probably made for a reason. This would allow the person who was in charge of the clock to see how much gut was left on the barrels, so to know when to wind up the clock up. Someone, though has probably got a thirty hour clock with little windows on the side of the hood which knocks the theory to pot.

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