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Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : Antique Connecticut Clocks: Steeple Clocks

Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : Antique Connecticut Clocks: Steeple Clocks


We’re going to start talking now about case
styles. You’ve seen many of those styles as we’ve talked about the companies and the history
of the Connecticut clock industry. Now let’s focus on the case styles now so that you know
better of what you’re looking at when you’re out there looking for antique clocks. We’ll
start with steeple clocks. This is like the banjo clock. Steeple clock name came later
on, they weren’t originally called that. The designers of them, the early seller’s of them
called them sharp Gothics. There was a resurgence of interested, interest in Gothic architecture,
Gothic design at the time. So this is a Gothic style, perhaps reminds you of a church or
a cathedral so the name steeple clock perhaps arrived fairly soon afterwards. But it’s an
iconic American style of clock and the construction was pretty similar. The thing to notice is
the, the earliest ones had conical, conical finials. These are called finials and the
earliest ones are just these turned cones. Later on they began being lathed turned like
this, the more complicated design. So if you’re trying to quickly date a steeple clock you
have, might have a sense soon that it’s an earlier one if it has conical finials rather
than turned. Virtually all of them have, are veneered and these curves, and often with
mahogany or rosewood, usually on a pine base. Often it has, these steeple clocks have veneer
problems. You can see in a case like this where on an edge it’s pretty easy for your
dust cloth to catch an edge of veneer if it’s starting to lift and pop off. And then you
have a pretty good project for a good wood worker to do curved veneer replacement and
those kinds of things. So if you’re looking for, for steeple clocks you want to see ones
that don’t have a lot of veneer problems. You can see up top here too we have another
place where the veneer has come up. But when the veneer is there and they’re shined up
these are beautiful clocks because of the matching grain and the quality of the wood
veneer to begin with. Occasionally you see where someone’s cheated; the veneer has started
to come off. They just take the rest of the veneer off, stain up the case and you have
basically a pine steeple clock which may look pretty but definitely is not desirable.


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