The missing numbers were often replaced with little symbols, often looking like stars.
At this time also it became fashionable to use Arabic numerals for the hours instead of Roman numerals.
The hours have gone back to Roman numerals and stay that way; the hands are now highly decorated brass and matching.
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.
It may be worth a mention here that the clocks we are talking about were no different apart from the dial itself; everything else remained the same in both cases, only the dial changed.
Fortunately the painted dials then followed a certain progression as the fashions slowly changed over time, this means that we can usually date a clock to the nearest five to ten years.
Still the same lantern clock movement inside, but without the expensive brass body.
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One-handed clocks continued to be made in country areas for a while after 1730.From now on the timekeeping of clocks improved by a huge amount using the longer pendulum and "anchor" escapement.
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