Beautiful antique bracket clocks with iconic Westminster Chimes
Brind some antique charm to your home with a bracket clock with Westminster Chimes. Many people may recognise the classic Westminster clock chimes as the same as those played by Big Ben to mark the quarters of the hour.
Bracket clocks were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, and are named for the brackets that allowed them to be mounted to the wall with room for their hanging weights. The style was so popular, clocks continued to be designed this way even after they no longer needed to be powered by pendulum weights.
Features of bracket clocks
As well as the signature brackets for hanging this style of antique clock on a wall, you may also come across bracket clocks with handles for easy transportation from room to room, meaning you can always have your bracket clock on display to show your guests.
Before the invention of electricity, bracket clocks were often designed with a pull chord that would chime the hour, making it easier to tell the time at night. Finding an antique Westminster chiming bracket clock with this function is sure to make a stunning addition to any collection.
You'll find antique bracket clocks made from many different types of wood, such as mahogany, oak, walnut and ebony, so you can look out for your favourite. Some antique bracket clocks are also highly decorated with carved wood and metal inlays, for a really eye-catching piece of timekeeping history. You could even come across bracket clocks with tortoiseshell faces and intricate clock hands for even more detailed antiques.
Classic Westminster Chimes
The Westminster Chimes, or Westminster Quarters, is a recognisable clock melody that chimes every quarter of an hour. Made up of a set of particular notes in a specific order, it's one of the most popular chimes used in clockmaking and is the chosen chime of many famous clocks in Britain, like Big Ben.