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These prices prevailed throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when there was little or no inflation.The clockmaker could re-use all the metals in a variety of ways, re-working the iron and, if need be, melting and re-casting the brass. But there were times when a clockmaker could use the whole of an old clock movement, perhaps where the old movement was a solid and reliable item, but maybe just old fashioned.This clock is at first sight a typical rustic thirty-hour oak-cased single-handed longcase clock.The primitive oak case has a deeper than usual area beneath the top-mould indicating a lack of sophistication in style (but also indicating something else we shall see shortly), has no opening door to the hood (which means the hood must be removed to adjust the setting of the hand), has an absence of pillars to the hood, and a peg-fastening trunk door, which was cheaper than a lock or turnbuckle.
It was not so much the iron, which could be re-worked but was cheap enough to buy new anyway.Another was because a clocksmith was unlikely to be able to engrave, could not therefore 'sign' his own work by engraving his own dials, and was unwilling to go to the extra cost of paying an outside engraver to do that.The clock pictured here comes within that category, being unsigned, probably because the maker could not engrave.The chapter ring however is of a distinctive style with meeting arrowheads for half-hour divisions, a style which was used in the provinces between about 1690 and about 1720.This chapter ring was probably from some long-dismantled (ten-inch, single-handed) clock, and just happened to be the size required for our clocksmith's purpose. The clock it came from perhaps was signed by its original maker on a plaque, or within an engraved dial centre.