Names on Grandfather Clock Dials
Usually, it is safe to say that most grandfather clock painted dials contained either the name of the actual maker (early clocks) or the name of the person who bought the parts (dial, movement, case etc.) and assembled them together, this being more common towards the last quarter of the eighteenth century.
However, this is not always the case. If the purchaser was prepared to pay a few extra pence, he could have his own name placed on the dial. This tended to be prevelant in the case of what are known as marriage clocks. This is when the names of the bride and groom were put on the dial and the clock was then presented as a give to the happy couple, by relatives or friends.
Hopefully, the above will offer some explanation as to why some clocks with names on them cannot be traced in any books.