# Why are carriage clocks so called?

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## What is the purpose of a carriage clock?

A carriage clock is a modestly sized clock in a rectangular housing, designed for travel in the 19th century. Since people traveled by carriage in this period, these clocks needed to stand up to the rigors of a trip without failing.

## Do carriage clocks tick?

After winding the clock the clock mechanism should start to tick. However, sometimes the mechanism will require starting manually. Should this occur, lift the clock with the brass handle and gently turn the clock from left to right and it should start.

## How do carriage clocks regulate?

Regulation of French Carriage Clocks

To advance or speed the clock up move the small lever towards the A or + a tiny amount. To retard or slow the clock down move the lever just a little towards the R or -.

## What is a tambour clock?

: a clock enclosed in an upright drum-shaped case with an extended base.

## When was the first clock invented?

The first mechanical clocks were invented in Europe around the start of the 14th century and were the standard timekeeping device until the pendulum clock was invented in 1656. There were many components that came together over time to give us the modern-day timekeeping pieces of today.

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## Why do clocks have pendulums?

pendulum, body suspended from a fixed point so that it can swing back and forth under the influence of gravity. Pendulums are used to regulate the movement of clocks because the interval of time for each complete oscillation, called the period, is constant.

## What is an anniversary clock?

: a clock with a slow torsion pendulum that enables it to run as long as 400 days on a single winding. — called also four-hundred-day clock.

## What causes a pendulum to slow down and stop swinging?

When the swing is raised and released, it will move freely back and forth due to the force of gravity on it. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction (between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points) slows it down and eventually stops it.

## What does F and S mean on a clock?

There is usually a small F (Faster) and S (Slower) printed on either side of the dial. French clocks may have an R (Retard) and A (Advance). To make the clock go faster, turn the key toward the F (or A). To make the clock go slower, turn the key toward the S (or R).