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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George III mahogany long case clock swan neck pediment, centred by brass urn and bird finial, fluted Corinthian columns, arched brass dial with painted moon phase

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

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.

Georgian mahogany longcase clock with painted dial, weights and pendulum

A George III flame mahogany long case clock, by Thomas Walker, Strathaven, 222 cm high

A Georgian flame mahogany longcase clock, early 19th century, the long case clock with a shaped arching crest with three ball and eagle finials, enclosing a painted dial with Roman numerals, a seconds dial and a date aperture, surmounted by a floral bouque

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

Antique Georgian inlaid mahogany longcase clock, the arched hood fitted with a painted arched dial, by Jas Simpson Lincoln, with sub seconds and calendar apture, the hood fitted with fluted columns, circa 1820, standing approx 221 cm high

A fine George III Scottish mahogany longcase clock, early 19th century, with maker's mark for Alexander Leith, the eight day movement clock with a broken swan neck pediment above an arched glass case flanked by pillars to a long cabinet with a shaped door

George III mahogany longcase clock, with 8 day movement, silvered and engraved brass dial, 216 cm high

A George III mahogany longcase clock signed C Fenwick Crieff 1826, having a painted dial subsidiary for seconds, date aperture, with twin train movement the trunk enclosed by with waist panel door between canted corners. 214 cm high

A George III mahogany longcase clock, maker Sam Cochran London. The silvered arch dial with ormolu surround, eight day anchor escapement and a striking on a bell, the arched pediment above an arched door, below a long door and a square panelled base. 240 c

A George III style mahogany longcase clock the eight day movement with an anchor escapement, gong striking, with a silvered dial and subsidiaries for seconds, month and moon phase, housed within a mahogany case, 255 cm high

George III long case clock, the hood with swan neck pediment, fluted column supports, the painted arch dial with moonphase arabic numerals, subsidiary second and calendar dials in inlaid mahogany case

George III longcase clock, the arched hood with three eagle and orb brass finials, fluted column supports, the arched painted dial with moonphase, Roman numerals, subsidiary second and calendar dials, in mahogany and inlaid case by Eli Tremfell of Lanham

Antique Georgian longcase clock, movement by James Kenyon of Liverpool, mahogany case and hood with walnut cross banding, the arched brass dial with calendar aperture and subsidiary second dial, eight day movement, approx 256 cm high

Fine antique Georgian English mahogany longcase clock, 8 day eight bell movement, engraved in Holt Rochdale, the hood set with noir eglomise shaped panels, and gilt brass mounted Corinthian columns, brass dial displaying subsidiary calendar & seconds dials

A late Georgian mahogany longcase clock with spiral pillars, inlaid stringing, arched pediment and painted enamel face with 8 day calendar movement. Beverley. signature indistinct. Height 215 cm

A Georgian mahogany & oak cased longcase clock with cross banding shell inlay and boxwood stringing. Brass face with 8 day movement, calendar and moonphase. Needs adjustment to fit. signed silver chapter ring. Height 200 cm

A George III mahogany longcase clock the dial signed John Tickell, Crediton, the brass Roman numeral moon phase dial with subsidiary seconds dial, housing an anchor escapement on one bell, heavy wear and veneer losses to case, 122 cm high

A George III mahogany longcase clock, the dial signed William Lee, Leicester the brass Roman numeral dial with subsidiary seconds dial and calendar, housing an anchor escapement on one bell, 223.5 cm high

Rare Webster of Madely antique English oak longcase clock George II, oak case with mahogany banding, blind fretwork to the hood, silvered brass dial, maker Webster of Madely. Webster worked around 1770-90, approx 204 cm high

A large George III mahogany long-case clock with painted dial, English, 19th century, approx. 220 cm high

Antique Georgian mahogany and oak longcase clock with painted dial, Henry Williams, Pontlew, has pendulum, has weights and no key, approx 227 cm high

George III longcase clock the swan neck pediment with bird and orb finial, arched painted enamel dial with Roman and arabic numerals, subsidiary second and calendar dials in an inlaid mahogany case

Antique Georgian mahogany and oak long case clock, approx 200 cm high

A Scottish Georgian mahogany long case clock c.1780, dial signed James Smith Dundee the clock has an eight day movement with arched brass dial, raised silvered chapter ring, silvered date and second dial with circular makers plaque the hood is decorated wi

Antique English Georgian inlaid mahogany long case clock trunk and hood, no movement

George III mahogany long case clock by a Kirkwood of Paisley, the hood with octagonal columns, painted arched dial with Roman and arabic numerals and subsidiary calendar dials

A good George III inlaid mahogany long case clock, by Edward Shepley, Manchester, English, circa 1800, with quarter chiming and striking movement and subsidiary dial painted with a scene commemorating the Abolition of Slavery. 240 cm high, maximum 58 cm wi

A late 18th century eight day mahogany longcase clock with crossbanded decoration and three brass ball finials. One piece silvered and engraved brass dial with box calendar signed Thos Morgan, c.1780. Twin cast iron weights and winding key. Height 217 cm

A Georgian flame mahogany longcase clock, c.1830, by Taylor of Darlington featuring a break-arched hood with fluted columns topped by moulded brass capitals, with painted dial, and subsidiary dials for seconds and dates, cock-beaded door and cross banded r

Fine quality Georgian mahogany long case clock by makers Rivers & Son, Cornhill London

A George III mahogany inlaid longcase clock with two-train movement by Thomas Cheefe-Milton. 230 cm high, 50 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A George III mahogany longcase clock. Having an arched pediment over an arched door flanked by canted pilasters, and a square panelled base with bracket feet, the painted dial with half moon phase eight day anchor encasement, striking on a bell. 214 cm hig

Victorian longcase clock, 19th century, mahogany with boxwood inlay, decorated in Georgian and Gothic styles dial marked W.F. Evans Handsworth, with bell striker fusee movement. Height 260 cm

A miniature George III-style mahogany long-case clock, first half 20th century, unmarked of typical form with boxwood stringing throughout. Height 50 cm. Width 15 cm. Depth 8.5 cm

A Georgian Scottish mahogany longcase clock with satinwood stringing and quartered pillars to the case. Some distress to the white dial. William Dun Glasgow. Height 204 cm

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