It definitely leans towards providing more information about American clocks, the subject of which I was most interested in a collecting and historical perspective.
Begin your journey of collecting mantel clocks by getting to know their history.According to the experts at Merritt's Antiques, the 15th century technological advancement of a wound spring to power a clock provided the basis for bringing timekeeping instruments out of towers and into homes in the sized-down forms of mantel and wall clocks.Like most mantle clocks, it can be regulated from the front without stopping the pendulum. Chauncey Jerome Thirty Hour Ogee clock circa 1841-1842 This is the oldest clock in my collection, and appropriately, one that changed American clockmaking.Chauncey Jerome began his career in clockmaking under Eli Terry.Developed from French regency bracket clocks, they adorned the numerous fireplaces of royal palaces and wealthy manor homes.
Frequently made from brass, these clocks featured intricate embellishments and detailing and were sometimes accompanied with candleholders or vases.
For people interested in the history or collecting mechanical clocks and watches, there is no better source of information than printed books on the subject.
Just as mechanical clocks have become a relic of the past, so have the many books written as historical reference guides also diminished in availability.
Over the years I’ve collected several books on clocks and watches that I found as interesting as the mechanical instruments themselves.
My little library is not an authoritative collection.
A well-known French maker of mantel clocks in the early 1800s was Raingo Freres.