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If your grandfather clock has a brass dial, it was probably made in the period between 16.The early brass dial clocks only had one hand, because the average person had no need of knowing the time to the nearest minute, and with a bit of practise you can tell the time to the nearest five minutes on one of these early (and rare) clocks.
Given a long history and the fragility of the object, changes have most probably been made.
The earliest clocks were costly items, made for wealthy clients, principally served by London clockmakers, and rich timbers were used such as walnut and olive-wood.
Cheaper versions were made from about 1690 by provincial clockmakers and for these oak was used, being a far less costly timber, though occasionally pine was used at a lesser cost still.
There are business records there going back a couple of centuries in some cases and they can be a lot of help if you start with the name and town of the clockmaker.
If your clock was made in Britain or America up to about 1860, here's how you can do it yourself. If it's Continental, the process would be the same but you'll need to find the right reference books.) An admittedly simple-minded approach for a start in dating is to compare the features of your clock's dial and case to photos in reference books.