Clockmakers started using mahogany in about 1750, as it was an expensive imported wood.Top of the line, mahogany- or walnut-cased grandfather clocks also contained expensive movements, ornamentation and attention to detail.Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: SSL operation failed with code 1.
Roman numerals prevailed on clock faces made from approximately 1700 to 1870, but you could also find Arabic numbers on grandfather clocks from as early as 1795 -- though rare -- through 1820.
If a clock face contained the minutes 15, 30, 45 and 60, the grandfather clock was made from 1800 to 1820, but though unusual, you could also find one made in 1795.
The only living granddad I knew was an anchor in my life.
I would have given anything to have had a grandmother by any name. I feel renewed and younger in my relationships and await the arrival of the next grandchild in the spring.
Some clockmakers also signed their work, adding their initials or signature to the clock face, which narrows the clock's age to a specific period.