Dating painted dial grandfather clocks
- - - And it also means we can see at a glance the important features without having to dismantle the clock.
The first white dials from 1770 to 1800 were lovely, simply and sparingly decorated, and with much of the white background showing.
Decoration consisted of spandrels painted on in gold paint in the four corners, (probably to resemble the cast brass spandrels fitted to brass dials.) Sometimes a swag of flowers or similar was painted on the dial face, but again very sparingly and restrained.
The hands were made of steel, very fine, often blued or blacked and not exactly matching.
Most of these clocks have an arched dial, and the artist painted in a large scene, often a biblical illustration, or a country scene, a nautical scene, a ruined abbey, or something ordered specially by the customer.
Now we come to the later clocks, of around 1830 to 1880.