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Decoration consisted of spandrels painted on in gold paint in the four corners, (probably to resemble the cast brass spandrels fitted to brass dials.) Sometimes a swag of flowers or similar was painted on the dial face, but again very sparingly and restrained.
The hands were made of steel, very fine, often blued or blacked and not exactly matching.
The minutes are shown by a minute band, two concentric circles close together, with lines inside to represent each minute and no minute numbers at all.
These brass hands were used after 1830 for the rest of the period when grandfather clocks were made, in other words up to 1880, possibly in a few rare cases to 1890.
The majority of English grandfather clocks were made in The Midlands and the North of England.
The new painted dial was cheaper and easier to produce and easier to read by the poor light available at night, so the brass dial was dropped from production over a very brief period, for our purposes it is fair to say that no brass dial clock was made in the big clock making centres after 1780.
Village life was very conservative, and the people living in villages at this time still had no real need of to the minute time.
From around 1730 (all these figures are approximate all the way through this article) the brass dial clock was made all over England in ever-increasing numbers, and the dials became more ornate as time went on, especially on the eight-day clocks.