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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Late Georgian musical mahogany long case clock 19th century, E. Hearnley, York 1837 with eight day movement, silvered dial, eight bell striking quarterly hour musical chime. Height 218 cm

A George III mahogany musical longcase clock, 8 bells, 16 hammers, playing tunes on the hour and chiming on the 1/4 hour, finely engraved moon face with applied Roman numerals, subsidiary dials for silent strike and 2 tunes, subsidiary seconds dial, date a

An oak Gothic revival musical longcase clock and barometer, the movement circa 1780, the case circa 1880, the turned four pillar three train eight-day movement with an anchor escapement, rack striking on a bell, playing tunes on eight bells with eight hamm

A Queen Anne musical longcase clock, by Joseph windmills, London, circa 1705, the arched top with a moulded cornice above a pierced fretwork panel above an arched glazed door flanked by plain columns with brass mounts, with pierced carved sound frets to ei

A Chinoiserie longcase clock, English, Charles Pingstone, London, three train musical movement, anchor escapement, music on nine bells, break arch engraved dial, silver chapter ring, Roman numerals, mask and scroll spandrels, wheat sheaf border, tune selec