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An Introduction to Antique Household Clocks

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29 pagine
40 minuti
Pubblicato:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781473381698
Formato:
Libro

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This antiquarian volume contains a concise yet detailed introduction to antique household clocks, with information on the inner workings and machinations of clocks, their external and decorative characteristics, and more. Written in clear, plain language and profusely illustrated, this handy little guide is ideal for those with little previous knowledge of the subject, and it would make for a great addition to collections of allied literature. The chapters of this book include: Various clock pendulums, Clock mechanism, Brass lantern clocks, Long-case grandfather, and Representative examples. Many antiquarian books such as this are increasingly hard-to-come-by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this antiquarian book now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of clocks and watches.
Pubblicato:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781473381698
Formato:
Libro

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HOUSEHOLD CLOCKS

Various clock pendulums—Clock mechanism—Brass lantern clocks—Long-case grandfathers—Representative examples.

THE marking of time has been a necessity since quite early days, and the ingenuity of man was very early brought to bear upon the production of some automatic timekeeper, something which did not require constant attention and frequent observation. The divisions of the year, the month, and the day, scarcely come within the purview of a review of domestic clocks, but the minor divisions are undoubtedly guides in clock-making. In some of the older clocks of the grandfather type the mechanical clock-work, indicated not only the marking of time according to the usual divisions of the hours and the minutes of the day, but told the day of the month and even the phases of the moon. Scientists who early penetrated into the mysteries of the solar system did their best to divide the solar year into parts, for the ready reckoning of time; and when New Style was instituted the irregularities and discrepancies which had crept in were put right, the New Style being adopted in Britain in the year 1752, when by Act of Parliament the 3rd of September in that year was reckoned the 14th, and fresh regulations were put in force whereby leap year on a newer basis might regulate time in the future.

The Jews and the Romans, on introducing a division of the day into twenty-four hours, assigned equal numbers to day and night, without regard to the varying lengths of the different portions of the solar day. Consequently, an hour was with them a varying quantity, according to seasons and latitudes. Ultimately, the plan which has been adopted throughout the civilised world ever since

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