Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Where Are The Scottish Clockmakers

The devising of redstem storksbill in Scotland was not recognized as a separate trade until about 1640. In Aberdeen in 1618 there were but three clocks, "the Kirk Knok, Tollbooth Knok, and the College Knok, all out of fix because they are auld and worne and partlie for privation of skilful work force to go to them."

In the" Old Scots Clockmakers" Toilet Ian Smith gives an business relationship of the advancement of the trade in Scotland. The clocksmiths were recognized as a subdivision of the Hammermen in 1646 in Edinburgh, 1649 in Glasgow, 1753 in Haddington, and not until 1800 in Aberdeen.

After 1700 the fine art and trade of clock and ticker devising increased, so that by the stopping point of the eighteenth century Scotland was able to turn out work of the peak class. For a figure of old age into the nineteenth century a high criterion of workmanship of work was the rule; but with importings of motions and parts, the pattern of assembling became more than than and more the rule, and so by 1850 or thereabouts the trade declined.

This and the inexpensive American and other importations, combined to snuff out an industry and a social class of craftsmen who were as necessary in every small town and town as the physician or minister. The bargain rate of these imported motions made it impossible for native Scots craftsmen to compete, and with a moving ridge of misguided bias having arisen against the saving of the long-case clocks, big Numbers were destroyed for no other ground than that they were thought old-fashioned."

Like the German clockmakers, the Scots applier for entranceway into the Club had to do a timekeeper to turn out his ability and to derive entranceway among the Freemen. There were a figure of very eminent Scots makers: such as work force as Humphrey Mylne, 1661; Saint Andrew Brown, 1665-1711; Alexanders Brownlie, 1720-39; Jesse James Cowan, 1760-81; Toilet Smith, 1770-1809; Saint George Munro, 1750-99; Alice Paul Roumieu, 1692-1710; Seth Thomas Gordon, 1703-43; being but a few of them.

Far more Scots redstem storksbill establish their manner to United States than most people believe and even today there are many longcase redstem storksbill not just bearing the name of the shaper on the dial-plate but "Corbals" which is a suburbia of Glasgow, where apparently there was a clock works.

During the eighteenth century the clock devising Centre of Edinburgh was Parliament Square, where the stores fairly clung to the walls of the great building, like swallows' nests. One of the many talented Scots clocksmiths was Jesse James Cowan, of Edinburgh, who was cognize for his beautiful richly carved mahogany cases. He was learner to Archibald Straiton, Edinburgh, beginning February 4th, 1744 and was admitted freewoman clocksmith to the Edinburgh Hammermen in 1754. Then he went to City Of Light and studied under Julien le Roy and to Greater London to analyze his trade still further, returning to Edinburgh 1760 and gap his ain business. His cognition of the trade not only gave him a great and widely extended concern connection, but brought him many apprentices. One of these, and probably the most celebrated, was Seth Thomas Reid, replacement to his concern in 1781, at the clip of Cowan's death.

Andrew Leadbetter was apprenticed to Saint Saint Andrew Clark, Edinburgh, 1764 and he settled later in Congleton, England, and made many good significant clocks, some of which establish their manner to America. Another Scots clockmaker, William Robb, of Montrose, who was working in 1776, made very fine-looking clocks, the form of the lawsuit being somewhat in the Gallic style, with two urns and an bird of Jove in brass as ornaments.

Owners of these Scots redstem storksbill are sometimes apprehensive to larn if they are by "good makers." as the Scots clock devising industry makes not look so well documented, but I state "any clock, no substance who made it, which will travel two hundred old age or more, is a good clock!"

In many cases, particularly with state shapers who sent their times to clients abroad, it was expected that the joiner or cabinet-maker of the vicinity would do the case. In the early old age many Dutch motions were sent to England and Scotland without the cases, these were really bulky, and frequently the motions were hung up without the proprietor going to the disbursal and problem of having a lawsuit made. Such redstem storksbill ran until the dust and soil clogged their wheels and they stopped. If the proprietor was a convenient adult male he could make clean and set them going once more. Redstem Storksbill such as as these are often called in provincial communities by the quaint name of "wag-on-the-wall" and many Dutch redstem storksbill of this type, but much more than elaborate, establish their manner across the Atlantic Ocean to America. The motions were boxed-in, the box and the bracket on which the clock stood being carved and elaborately painted. In some vicinities these were called Friesland clocks, although they came from other parts of the The Netherlands as well.

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