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There are movements that play musical tunes, and ones on whose dials rocking figures move in time with the pendulum.

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Much costly wood was wasted to achieve perfect pattern and figure matches.

Mahogany didn't become popular in clock cases until about 1750, almost 20 years after it was commonly available in furniture, but by the time it did it was an expensive wood with a high import tax.

The longcase clock was an exciting development, and these early clocks were both esthetically and horologically interesting.

The fine clocks by the most noted makers, from the 1660-1730 golden age of development, are now around 300 years old. With a bit of informed research, it is usually possible to assign a date to a clock within a 10 to 15 year range from its major design features alone.

Spring-wound table clocks and weight-driven wall clocks had been made for a couple of centuries prior to this, but they were not particularly reliable timekeepers and it was the invention of the long pendulum in 1657 (requiring a long case) that created a breakthrough in accuracy, and coincidentally introduced a new and unique form of furniture.

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