Antique Automata Longcase Clocks
British Antique Longcase/Grandfather clocks are sometimes found with Automata to the arch of the dial. These appear to have been introduced during the second half of the 18th century in cities such as London and Bristol. They can be quite simple in design but are very effective and impressive.
The most commonly used was the rocking ship automata. This consisted of a Galleon to the arch rocking backwards and forwards as the clock ticked. These can be found on the earlier examples and were also used well into the 19th century. Rarer examples such as Adam & Eve, moving eyes, tennis, hunting scenes and a butchers shop can also be found.
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