Author: Tom Robinson
Publisher: Antique Collector's Club
Description: Hardcover with dust jacket. 467 pages.
Condition: Spine caps lightly bumped. Clean copy otherwise.
Dust Jacket: Some shelf wear and scuffing.
Contents: This book has established itself as the standard work of reference on the subject of Longcase Clocks. The longcase or 'grandfather' clock is arguably the most interesting and at the same time most useful antique available to the collector and this is the most detailed and copiously written book on the subject. What is so special about the longcase clock?
Firstly, the longcase is almost unique in blending fine examples of cabinet work and clock mechanism in one piece.
Secondly, the range of cabinet work and the evolution of clockwork over the 150 years covered by this book is immense, so there is a wide choice open to the collector, who will find that if he chooses with care he has an antique which contributes to the atmosphere of a room by much more than the space it occupies.
Thirdly, the claim for the longcase clock as the king of antiques can be advanced on the grounds that, as well as being beautiful, it is highly practical, for most examples can be persuaded to keep time accurately enough for domestic needs.
Finally, the longcase clock has, more than most antiques, a particularly regional quality and again the author's lucid approach helps the reader to identify these variations.