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Antique Timepieces

Antiquares offers to value your antique timepieces.
If you have antique timepieces that you would like to part with please do not hesitate to contact us at the following phone number: 392/6587032, or send us photographs to the following email address: antiquares@virgilio.it, please be sure to include any information you might have about the object. You can also fill in the appropriate form.
We remain at your disposal for any clarifications, guaranteeing maximum discretion and trustworthiness.

Collecting timepieces represents one of the most interesting categories among those tied to the world of antiques.
The production of timepieces has always captured the interest of scientists and artisans as well as true artists who transformed something used to measure time into an object of desire.
The first timepieces go back to the XIII Century and had large mechanisms usually regulated by descending weights, they were not very precise and rather bulky.
The most precise timepieces were pendulum clocks that enriched many homes and were fashionable until the 1800s. They were run by an escapement device(that used the movement of the pendulum) that was regulated by a balance wheel.
The decoration of the hands of the clock and the face can be fundamental elements in determining the age of an antique timepiece.
The first clock we know of is from 1510 and was probably created by the Nuremberg artisan Peter Herlein. The principal characteristics of antique timepieces were their beauty and their inaccuracy. In fact they were very precious, since they were destined exclusively to those belonging to high social classes, but rather inaccurate, until in Switzerland half way through the XIX century the first Chronograph was produced.
In Europe in the 1700 the first column clocks appeared, they marked the passage of time and were audible throughout the house. The clocks were placed in the entrance of the house especially in the homes of upper class families.

Column Clocks: These were composed of a column that rested on a carved pedestal; often they had an arched face that represented the phases of the moon. Usually the brass disc with roman numerals is from a period between 1680 and 1720. Another element which indicates the age of the clock is the height: the older ones were a maximum height of 185 cm, whereas those dated 1720 were 270 cm tall, and later around 1850 they became 210 cm tall.

Antique Travel Clocks:They were developed around the ‘700s and were destined for the wealthy class. They were primarily of two types: Parisian and English, the first type was ornate and had a light encasement whereas the second type was less refined and had a heavier encasement.
Distinctive were the clocks with round encasement that could be decorated. The face had black roman numerals on a white face. Among the creators of clocks of this type we must mention Dracourt, Japi, Bourdin; Margaine, Jacot, and among the most renowned English creators Dent, Frodsham, James McCabe andVulliamy.

Antique Shelf Clocks: These too were conceived around 1700 and had their maximum period of development around 1850. The main creators of these clocks were Samuel Marti, Javi and Jean Vincenti.
The most famous manufacturer was Japy,who createdthe best models encased in black stone from the Ardennes that had refined intarsia decorations. The shape of the encasement was either geometric or in the shape of a Greek temple, with brass plates decorated with bas-relief and sometimes other decorations.

Pocket Watches: They appeared in the XIX Century and were rather refined objects. Among these, notable were the hunterwatches that had heavy metal cases, and the half-hunter, characterized by a central opening through which you could see the dial. The quality of these types of watches depended on the presence of various accessories, such as enameled dials, the second hands, the face with phases of the moon on them, sunset or dawn, month and day.

Antique Wrist Watches: They appeared in the XX century and completely substituted other types of timepieces starting in the mid ‘30s. These watches were developed initially in the military world but after the Great War they conquered the world of civilized society. Among the most famous producers we should mention are Rolex, VacheronetCostantin, Omega, Piguet, A Lance and Jaeger Le Coultre.
To value each piece one must refer to the case, to the type of material, to the design of the dial and to the type of internal mechanism.

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