Antique Longcase Grandfather Clocks
Tell the time on the most elegant of clocks by treating yourself to a real timekeeping classic. Antique longcase grandfather clocks were first created back in the 17th century. Their iconic longcase design was needed to house each clock's long, swinging pendulum and heavy anchor weights.
The smooth ticking of the grandfather clock is broken by chimes on the hour or, in the case of clocks with Westminster chimes, every quarter of an hour. You can also find some musical clocks that strike a nest of several chimes. The face of your clock may use Roman numerals or standard numbers. Some clocks may also feature a moon phase dial. This astrological dial is set to follow the lunar calendar and tells you when the moon will be full (on day 15 of the lunar cycle).
Duration of Movement
Traditional longcase grandfather clocks usually feature one of two durations of movement: 30 hours or 8 days. This simply refers to the amount of time the clock will work for before you need to wind it up. 30-hour clocks are usually cheaper, being driven by just a single weight. 8-day clocks run for longer, being driven by two separate weights, and fetch a higher price. You can wind up your clock by pulling on a special pulley located on the inside of the case.
With such a long history, it's no wonder longcase grandfather clocks come in a selection of styles. Simple pine cases are the often the most understated and affordable option. Hardwood mahogany clocks were fashionable during the Georgian and Art Deco eras, and their exotic origins were thought to be a sign of wealth and status. Victorian oak longcases are some of the most popular antiques today, while opulent walnut cases are among the most prized – and costly. Choose the case style that most appeals to you and your budget.