Clock

Timekeeping has been a human practice for thousands of years, with the earliest sundial dating to 15th century BC Egypt. The sundial was followed by water clocks and hourglasses, with the mechanical clock not being developed until the 14th century AD. From the 1600s up until the 1930s, pendulums were used to maintain clock precision. The 20th century saw rapid horological developments, including the invention of the super-accurate quartz clock; although the first clock using quartz technology was created in 1927, this type of timepiece was not launched commercially until some forty years later. In spite of continuing improvements to horological technology, antique clocks remain sought-after on the collectors' market. Some of the most popular clock manufacturers of the 19th and 20th centuries include Seth Thomas, Elgin and Tiffany & Co. Antique French clocks are also highly-coveted for their rich ornamental design, crafted from opulent materials such as gilt bronze, tortoiseshell and ivory.

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