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Antique Clock - witnesses and judges

Melodic bout the old clock evokes the thought of the measured life in bygone era, and a rhythmic ticking or knocking the pendulum soothing, like a purring cat, and sets up a philosophical way, accompanying the smooth flow of time. Of course, the charm of antique clocks is not only in their refined beauty, but also that it witnesses to the events and lives.

History of the devices to measure time more than six thousand years, reflecting the development progress and innovative thinking. Whatever may have been different hours, based on their work is the use of periodic processes - the rotation of the Earth (solar time), the pendulum (mechanical watches), fork (fork watch), quartz plate (quartz watch), the transition of an atom from one energy state to another (quantum clock).
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Ancient people oriented in time for seasonal weather changes and daily rhythm, changing days and nights. Later, the sundial. In ancient Egypt, for example, used the gnomon - a vertically mounted obelisk that throws a shadow on the scale marked around the world. Such structures located at the entrance to the church, because they not only showed the time, but also served as a cult object for veneration of the sun god Amun-Ra. One of these obelisks, height 35.5 m on the orders of Caligula, was brought from Heliopolis in '38 and established St. Peter's Square in Rome, where he remains to this day as a reminder of the first steps in developing the technology of time measurement.

Many collectors are proud of antique hourglass, which are now quite difficult to find. The earliest of them were used in Asia before our era, and came to Europe only in the late Middle Ages. They have become popular because they can be accurately measured was relatively small intervals, at any time of day. Of course, they were not as accurate as a sundial, and, unfortunately, quickly becoming unreliable, because sand is gradually subjected to mechanical wear and the hole in the flask was made wider, and the clock began to "hurry." But some of them are still able to correctly measure the time and are an ornament of numerous collections. Buy antique hourglass in European antique shops can be for an amount of 300-350 dollars if you are lucky to find them.

In VI century the first mechanical clock, is still very primitive and cumbersome. Over time, they have improved, and in the Middle Ages life of entire cities to proceed under the rhythmic battle tower clock.

In 1580, Galileo Galilei pointed a lamp suspended by a long line in one of the cathedrals. She swayed rhythmically, causing interest astronomer and prompted him to explore patterns of movement of hanging bodies. By studying the amplitude of their movements, depending on the length of chain or thread on which they are attached, a scientist discovered the laws of the pendulum. Many years later, in 1640, he completed a drawing of a pendulum clock, but did not see them in action - he died before his idea became reality.

In 1657 the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens, who conducted his research in Paris, suggested that pendulum clocks of their own design with the trigger mechanism, explaining the basis of their work together and formulated the laws of the physical pendulum vibration and impact theory. This man went into the history of science not only as the creator of hours, it is also known for he developed the wave theory of light, the discovery of the rings of Saturn and its moon Titan, the establishment of permanent points of the thermometer. Huygens was one of the authors of treatises on the theory of probability. Its design watches became popular, but not in France, where he worked as a scientist, but in England, and for over two centuries it was ruled by English watchmakers in the market completely.

Besides the fact that the clock showed the time, they also began to adorn the interior. In the era of Gothic architecture began to establish their consoles on the wall, adorning the body, in accordance with fashion. Design of wall, mantel, floor clocks striking diversity and reflects the history of the crafts. To create an instance of each needed a whole team work: watchmakers worked on the production mechanism, which required considerable experience and skill, art "at their fingertips," and the case was carried out based on sketches by talented artists, cabinetmakers or casters.

The names of many talented creators of such masterpieces have become history. AS Bull, for example, is famous for the ability to decorate the strict form of a massive body of ebony complex mosaic pattern, using decorative items made of ivory, metal, marquetry technique *. Being a supporter of classicism, he created original stories inspired by antique art, unique in its beauty and fine workmanship. These watches are valued very highly not only because they were made famous French master in the VII century, but also for their high reliability and trouble-free operation for many years. Afford to buy a "Bull" in our time can only wealthy people, because the starting price of lots at auction are no less than 50 thousand dollars.

Noble austerity and concise manner different clock, designed by another representative of classicism, for which there are no technical difficulties, P. Guterom. Due to its special delicate beauty they initially considered "the thing for the powerful," and now adorn the homes of the rich connoisseurs of antiques.

Making the old clock reflects the different stages of cultural development, change of times and trends in art. The famous German furniture-DA X-rays created cabinet, making it available for viewing the beauty of teamwork multiple interacting components of the movement. Melodic bout of this clock is still sound for the few private collectors who had managed to acquire them.

Especially popular among the wealthy lovers of old used watches, shells were made by PF Thomire, court bronze Napoleon Bonaparte, chief master of the Sevres manufactory. Thanks to his uncommon talent, he created masterpieces from bronze with sculptural decoration. The metal in his work seems light and airy, and for the decoration of their works Thomire used scenes from Roman history and paintings of famous painters. It can be safely described as one of the founders of the Empire style, widely available not only in France but throughout Europe. The master's works adorned the apartments of Josephine at the Tuileries, the palace of Fontainebleau, the Louvre and other architectural complexes. The richest people in many countries, big industrialists and merchants made numerous orders for the famed bronze parting with huge sums of money. The Russian Imperial House also has not stood aside, and watch "Thomire" decorated residences of monarchs and nobles at home. Nowadays, many of them are in private collections of rich art lovers. Acquire such masterpieces preferably at an auction, where there is a guarantee of their authenticity confirmed by expert opinion. The starting price for these exclusive lots are very high (from 200 thousand dollars), but they go for an amount often many times greater than the expectations of sellers.

In the specialized antique shops before hitting a variety of antique clock range. Most of our contemporaries who are fond of antiques, prefer to decorate their homes or floor stringent fire-watch in a classic style, empire style, marquetry, mahogany. Very popular and modern style. Virtually no one shows interest in baroque or rococo clock, their pomp and gilt somehow do not impress fans of the past, but perhaps just does not fit into the interior of their homes. On the antiques market in greatest demand are the English and French clocks, as well as so-called Russian, but their entire mechanism was made from imported parts, and only the body were made by local craftsmen. Russian watches the mid XIX century are about 10 thousand dollars and to buy a similar design works of English and French watchmaker need to part with the sum of two to three times greater. High demand and watches, made by German watchmakers, as well as rarities brand Zenith. Especially roads masterpieces produced Odemar dynasty (Switzerland), which are often carried out under an order in a single item since 1875.

Under the law, are considered antique items by no later than the sixties of last century, although various floor, wall, mantel and table clocks, which are more than seventy years, are also highly valued and in demand in the market. Strange, but good working cuckoo clock these days get very difficult - they simply will not find in stores and antique shops. Experts explain this by saying that such items are not in fashion. But if you ask for, it is possible to order the repair of the original interior decoration that is stored somewhere in the back of antique shops. Making the missing parts and adjustment mechanism of the leads is quite expensive, but the joy of having friends from fairy tales and cartoons rarity worth it.

At the price of the old clock influence not only the appearance, name of the master, made them, the safety mechanism, melodic "voice", but also their own stories of "witnesses of time", which can be traced, unfortunately, not always. Bringing people watch on sale are often unaware of the last of his possessions, and sometimes just do not want to talk about it. Thanks to the efforts of skilled professionals in many cases it is possible not only to determine when and by whom were made antique clocks, but to whom they belonged. Naturally, the mechanisms of "the history of" survivors eminent masters, are much more expensive.

Give clock somehow considered a bad omen, and a captive of this prejudice, many refuse to present to friends or relatives charming works of art, created by the wonderful artists of the past. But this gift will not leave indifferent judges of beauty and elegance, as well as people who are prone to philosophical reflection, measured way of life, who value comfort and convenience. The old clock will give them faithful companions and psychotherapists. And if you enjoy thinking about the eternal, are fond of history, or just do not want to depend on the dizzying pace of modern life, give yourself a rarity, enjoy the opportunity to spend time "with feeling, really, with the arrangement."

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