Brass dial longcase clocks seem to have evolved from the Lantern Clock. This was a brass faced clock that hung on the wall. The first recognisable brass dial longcase clocks were being made C.1660 with very simple oak, pine and ebonised cases. As styles changed and more features were introduced the dials became larger from the earlier 10" dial to the 12" dial.
During the early part of the 18th century arches were used to accomodate even more features such as moonphase, strike/silent and regulation. As the 18th century progressed the brass dial became larger in some areas and lost features such as half hour markings to the chapter ring, ringed winding holes and the hands became plainer and larger in design.
By the 1770's the painted dial had been introduced and by 1790 the brass dial was being used in much smaller numbers. By 1800 the brass dial had been almost completely replaced by the more popular painted dial.
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