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"By their hands - or by their lack of hands - ye shall know them," say collectors of old clocks. The very earliest clocks had neither dials nor hands, the hours being announced by small bells. Later, about the thirteenth century, the hour hand was added on a dial decorated at regular intervals to represent the hours. Hands of clocks grow clumsy, or severely plain, as the mood of a country changes, so it is very important from the point of view of the collector that the original hands or at least hands of the same period be found on clocks.
"Time Turns Back,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 12
, Article 9.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol12/iss2/9