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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An early 19th century Scottish fine mahogany long case Regulator clock, by Mills of Caerleon, Scotland, the architectural form case with plain peaked pediment, chamfered edges, glazed door and panelled base, the silvered dial with black detail engraving 'R

A Victorian Elliott oak cased three train regulator long case clock the dial signed Elliott Clockmaker / Clerkenwell, London, circa 1890 the Arabic numeral dial with a silvered chapter ring, moon phase and subsidiaries for seconds, silent/strike and Whitti

Regulator longcase clock with arched top polished satin wood & walnut case plus ormolu mounts. Scottish mid 19th century by R.Crystie of Dumfries. Silvered dial & subsidiary seconds dial. Four pillar movement with George Graham deadbeat escapement. Height

A George III longcase regulator clock, with a domed top over an arched door flanked by columns, with a long door flanked by canted corners and a square panelled base with bracket feet. The clock with a brass dial and Roman numerals, with an eight-day ancho

A fine mid 19th century mahogany floor-standing regulator, Henry Frodsham, Liverpool, the tapering case surmounted by a ball finial and anthemion carved ear pieces, with glazed front door on a panel base, the 12 inch signed silvered circular dial with oute

An impressive mahogany 'Dobbyn' regulator longcase clock, circa 1860, Dublin, the tall flat topped floor standing carcass features a silvered dial with chapter ring displaying minutes and with two subsidiary dials for hours and seconds with further glazed

A fine 19th century mahogany regulator long case clock Marsh Dovor, the 30 cm silvered dial signed Marsh Dovor with outer minutes ring enclosing subsidiary hours and seconds dial the signed movement with deadbeat escapement and maintaining power the giltwo

A fine long case regulator clock by Moulinie & Co.London, late Victorian, 19th century 207.5 x 58.5 x 38.5 cm

A mahogany regulator clock, French, pinwheel escapement, weight driven, reverse painted dial, Breguet-style hands, Roman numerals, centre seconds sweep, the arched case with moulded cornice, canted hood corners, glazed trunk door with gold leaf decoration,

A rare and superb 19th century mahogany floor standing striking domestic regulator, S. Anderson, Williamstown the fine arched case with carved detail over freestanding turned columns inset to the front corners on a base with recessed central panel, with we

A turn of the century mahogany floor standing regulator, F. W. Britten the arched case with long glazed door with carved decoration below the dial terminating in a panelled base, the 12 inch signed silvered dial with concentric minutes and subsidiaries for

A good late 19th century German floor standing walnut centre seconds regulator, Lenzkirch, the case with architectural pediment surmounted by a carved final over a long glazed door with applied scrolls on a short base, the two-part 9 inch enamel Roman dial

An American mahogany longcase regulator by Seth Thomas with a linked music disc player below, Seth Thomas clock Company & Regina music box Company/ Polython USA, circa 1895, in this superb original American case, the two makers cooperated to make a masterp

19th century floor standing walnut regulator, the dial bearing the signature of Brockbank and Atkins, with a architectural pediment, a long glazed door within a double feather banded border, a tall base, an applied shaped panel, a plinth, a 12 inch, silver

A second half of the 19th century mahogany floor standing regulator, A. L. Perret, 68 Newington Butts the arched case with long glazed door within a moulded edge and with pierced carved fret, on a panelled base, the 16 inch signed circular painted dial wit

R Drummond Glasgow longcase regulator clock with domed top silvered dial. Provenance: brought to Australia from Glasgow