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You will find the date code by the movement number on the back plate of the clock.
Can you tell me if the clock looks like the one on this web site?
c1820 – wooden movements were generally used in early American shelf clocks until around 1820.
Up until then hand cast and finished brass movements were very expensive.
The link I sent you above shows an address for a museum in Germany: There is a museum in Germany however, that may give you some information.
Chauncy Jerome began manufacturing cheap 30-hour brass movements in the 1830’s; by the early 1840’s brass movements virtually replaced wooden ones.
c1840 – coiled wire gongs were used in English bracket (shelf) clocks.
However, if you don’t there are various little things that can help when dating antique clocks.
Like knowing when certain features were introduced or certain materials became available.