Collecting Antique Clocks A Beginner's Guide to Lantern Clocks
Lantern clocks are the most difficult type of any clock for a beginner. In fact even many experienced collectors and dealers are frightened off this type of clock, because they are uncertain what is genuine, what is replaced, what is altered, and what is an outright fake. Lantern clocks were the first kind of household clock ever made in Britain. They have therefore been around longer than any other kind of clock, and because of that many quite genuine lantern clocks have undergone changes and alterations over the years, principally to upgrade the clocks into a more 'modern' form of timekeeping control. Some of these 'modernisations' may have been done as much as three hundred years ago. Such modifications are not a problem to the collector, as they are seen as a natural part of the clock's progression through time. A clock can be perfectly genuine, yet still show signs of this kind of alteration. The problem is, how does one recognise such alterations. It may help to break down lantern clocks into periods according to their form of timekeeping mechanism. This is very easy to understand in its basic form, and does not involve becoming a mechanical engineer.
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