Learn about Grandfather Clock

More correctly known as longcase clocks, these are clocks with a hooded pendulum, housed in a tall enclosed case, about seven feet high.

Introduced during the latter part of the 17th century, the longcase clock has remained popular to the present day.

As a general rule, the designs of the clock cases followed the stylistic developments of the past three centuries. Late 17th and early 18th century clocks inspired the cabinetmaker to extraordinary heights in the art of marquetry inlay, very often in the complex and intricate 'seaweed' patterns.

Other clocks were lacquered and decorated with gilded chinoiseries. Chippendale's designs followed the prevailing flowing lines of the Rococo, with quantities of scroll work, frets, pagodas, urns and rams' heads. Those of the Neoclassical period showed a return to simpler, straighter lines, often enhanced with panels of well-figured inlay, lines of stringing, swan-neck pediments and brass finials.

The finest clocks were often veneered in walnut or mahogany, but many country clocks made from honest oak have survived. more...

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English walnut longcase clock. Hunting scene painted above dial. Replaced movement (key wind, not pendulum). Key and mounts available. As inspected. Height 180 cm

A string inlaid mahogany longcase clock by William Cooper or Hamilton 214 cm high, 56 cm wide, 24 cm deep

A Geo. III William Wilkinson of London quality mahogany longcase clock, the pagoda-type hood with reeded column supports enclosing the brass dial with silvered chapter ring, black enamelled Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial, date aperture, makers' na

A Geo. III oak longcase clock by J. Thomas of Chester, the hood with plain tapered columns, the upper arch with carved and fret leaf scroll and floral design, the engraved silvered dial with roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, date aperture, the cross-band

A Tempus Fugit grandfather clock in working order with weights and pendulum 211 x 46 x 29

A Tempus Fugit Grandmother clock in working order with weights and pendulum 192 x 42 x 27

A Corforth long cased clock, architectural case with two torsed column around the dial and brass finials, on raised feet, with weights and pendulum. Height 231 cm

Victorian J. Griffith mahogany grandfather clock with later electric movement, original movement & some accessories included, 232 cm high

A late 19th century Scandavian long case clock, hand painted dial and brass hands, 198 cm high, 53 cm wide, 22 cm deep

A Geo. III mahogany long case clock, the broken arched pediment above the painted dial with roman numerals and two subsidiary dials, turned column hood supports, the wide body with single panelled door above the cross-banded base with shaped apron and brac

A Chinoiserie long case clock, John Anderson Wigton, the gilded black lacquered case decorated with a Chinese court scene on a simulated tortoise shell ground, the shaped glazed door enclosing an engraved and silvered dial with Romana and Arabic numerals o

A longcase clock with a fiddleback blackwood case, the arts and crafts inspired case, with a rectangular glazed door enclosing a circular dial with Roman numerals, (dial hands loose) 197 cm high

A Georgian period oak and mahogany long case clock with banded inlay, the hood with swan neck pediment, the case with quarter fluted side columns, the arched dial with phases of the moon, seconds dial and calendar aperture, the eight-day movement striking

A George lll mahogany two train long case clock, circa 1780, having a dome topped hood surmounted by brass finials, flanked by brass inlaid fluted columns, eight day movement chiming on a bell, the dial with applied silvered chapter ring bearing Roman nume

A narrow Dutch cased Chinoiserie long case clock, marked Jonathan Parkes London, the dial with angel spandrels and foliage scrolls signed Jonathan Parkes London, the case with moulded corners and arched door to the hood, the slender form case decorated wit

A 1920s Art Deco chiming grandfather clock in a walnut case, height 192 cm, width 40 cm, depth 50 cm

George III longcase clock by John Bishop of Sherborne the arched hood with three brass orb finials and brass columns, painted moonphase, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds and calendar dials and a mahogany and ebony inlaid case.

Antique French comtoise long case clock, the case painted in faux wood grain with sprays of flowers, approx 230 cm high, 50 cm wide

A mahogany eight day grandfather clock. 200 cm high

A longcase mahogany clock by James Chatter & Sons, London c. 1760 with strike and silent, Clockmaker's premises: 3 cherry tree court, Alders gate, London. Operating from 1754 - 1759., clock displays seconds, minutes, hours and day of the month, 260 cm high

A Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted kingwood and satinwood longcase clock, 19th century, 210 cm high, 40 cm wide, 28 cm deep

Long cased clock. Early 19th century oak marked Francis Wells London

George III oak long case clock, by R: Francis Attleburgh, with 8 day weight driven striking movement and painted dial, key and pendulum included, as inspected, 200 cm high

French long case grandfather clock, with weight driven striking movement and ornately surrounded dial with date indicator, 245 cm high

Oriental hand painted lacquer long case clock with three train movement, approx. 210 cm high

A 19th century long case clock, with a painted Arabic numeral dial, and an anchor escapement on one bell, 237 cm high

A 19th century oak cased long case clock, Henry Watson, Blackburn, with brass dial Roman numerals and arcaded Arabic seconds, subsidiary calendar 218 cm high

Antique French comtoise longcase clock, painted pine trunk and hood, approx 230 cm high, 38 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A Hardy Brothers grandmother clock with mirrored walnut features to case, automatic night silence from 11pm - 7am 168 cm high, 35 cm wide x 22 cm deep

Antique French comtoise longcase clock, painted pine trunk and hood, approx 230 cm high, 38 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A Victorian miniature long case clock by W.Thornhill & Co.London, circa 1880, with swan neck pediment above enamel dial with Roman numerals and maker, the case with faux panel fronted door on square pedestal and platform base, with satinwood marquetry and

An Art Deco oak longcase clock, British, circa 1930, with square chrome dial within stepped panelled case with scroll carved motif, set upon stylised paw feet, 42 cm width x 32 cm depth x 195 cm height.

A mahogany eight day longcase clock, circa 1760-90s, with maker's mark of J N (John) Stone of Thame, the clock with an arched profile having a brass dial with Roman numerals and minute markings, a seconds dial and a date aperture, with decorative pierced s

A chiming Tempus Fugit long cased clock in the Art Deco style complete with pendulum, weights and cabinet key 200 cm high, 48 cm wide, 28 cm deep

Art Deco 1930s long case clock with glazed trunk door made by 'Enfield' 52 cm wide, 200 cm high, 46 cm deep

A George II mahogany longcase clock, Skeleton Barrett, London, circa 1740 8-day, silent/strike, five pillar movement with anchor escapements and rack striking on a bell, brass dial with silvered chapter ring, Roman numerals, and rococo spandrels, matted br

A George II mahogany longcase clock, Thomas Hunter, London, circa 1750 8-day, petit sonnerie movement, strikes the hour and plays 6 tunes on the quarter and half hour, the silvered and brass dial is signed on a disc in break arch, Roman numerals, date aper

Early twentieth century long case clock by A. Saunders, Sydney in oak case with a silvered face 170 cm high, 46 cm wide, 26 cm deep

Early twentieth century oak long case clock with brass face, acanthus leaf decoration to the hood. Complete with original brass pendulum and weights 212 cm high, 50 cm wide, 27 cm deep

1920's oak long case clock. Presented to Mr. A H. England in 1927. Height 174 cm. Width 45 cm. Depth 24 cm

Fine antique English Georgian Chinoiserie black lacquer longcase clock, arched brass dial with silvered chapter ring, engraved Tempus Fugit by Sam Morris London, eight day movement with subsidiary second dial, calendar aperture, the hood of pagoda shape, f