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Oak Longcase Clock Circa 1800

An oak Lancashire longcase clock

A typical Lancashire Longcase clock in oak with mahogany crossbanding. The hood supports two horns with brass roundels, turned columns to front and half columns to rear, a square faced dial with gilded and painted panel above. The case has quarter turned columns either side of the full length door. The case shows all the signs of its age with missing elements, some damage and a breakdown to the glued joints. The mid moulding that holds the two sections of the case had become loose and so it was necessary to separate the case to rectify and true up the alignment.

The main back panel is made from two boards which were held together with battens on the back and it was also loose due to shrinkage and so the complete section was removed to allow for re-jointing and an additional strip on either side to make up for the shrinkage in the pine. The two boards of the lower front panel were separated and re-jointed along with a new base board to support a new set of OG bracket feet and the re-fitting of the original base moulding.

The new set of feet were made from reclaimed English oak with pine back and corner blocks and the base was held in place with similar blocks. The hood had originally been fitted with a pillar on either side and a central half pillar to support three brass finials and so these were replaced. Above the hood door was a gilded and painted panel, this was sent away for restoration to a dial artist of high repute

Photos below track part of the process of restoration

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