- Bracket clock
A bracket clock is a style of antique portable table
clockmade in the 17th and 18th centuries. [cite web
title = Bracket Clock
work = Clocks and Watches, Encyclopedia of Antiques
publisher = Old and Sold Antique Marketplace
url = http://www.oldandsold.com/articles02/clocks-b.shtml
accessdate = 2008-07-08] The term originated with small weight driven clocks (sometimes called 'true bracket clocks') that had to be mounted on a
bracketon the wall to allow room for their hanging weights. [cite book
title=Time and Timekeepers
isbn=0780800087] When spring driven clocks were invented they continued to be made in the bracket style. Often they are composed of two matching pieces created as an ensemble: the
clockand its small decorative shelf. They are almost always made of wood, often ebony, and often ornamented with ormolumounts, brass inlay, wood or tortoise shell veneer, or decorative varnish. Since in their day clocks were expensive, and a household would not have one in every room, bracket clocks usually had handles to carry them from room to room.
These clocks were almost always repeaters, that is
striking clocks which could be made to repeat the striking of the hours at the pull of a lever or cord. This feature was used before artificial illumination to tell what time it was at night. However, because they were often used in bedrooms where the hourly striking of the bell could disturb sleepers, they either had a knob to silence the hourly striking, or did not strike on the hour at all but only at the pull of the cord. These were called 'silent pull repeaters'.
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