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

An early Victorian mahogany long case clock by John Stokes, Macclesfield, circa 1840; 228 cm high

A large flame mahogany longcase clock, early 19th century, with maker's mark of Jn hall Snr of Coventry, the clock with an arched broken pediment, a painted metal dial with Arabic numerals, a secondary dial and date aperture, with shell painted spandre

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 19th century oak and mahogany long-case clock, the dial marked Jno Spurrier, Tewkesbury, with date aperture; the case with brass eagle and ball finial, the trunk case with reeded quarter coilumns with brass capitals. Height 211 cm

A 19th century mahogany cased long case clock with a painted Roman numeral moon phase dial, subsidiary seconds dial and calendar, the eight day bell striking movement with an anchor escapement housed in a break arch hood, the shaped rectangular casement do

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

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

An exquisite early 19th century Northern English oak and mahogany long case clock by makers B. Mitchell, Cockermouth, hand painted dial with date mechanism C.1820

A 19th century long-case clock in mahogany and oak case; the broken-arch crest with brass eagle and sphere finial; timepiece movement, Roman numeral painted dial with date aperture and foliate enamel spandrels, marked Vorley, Market Harboro' (c.1855); the

A 19th century mahogany longcase clock the brass face named Robery Penman, Dunfermline. Restrained decoration to the case and hood. Some faults. Height 219 cm

A Victorian marquetry inlaid mahogany long case clock the dial signed J. Banks London with a painted Roman numeral moon phase dial, anchor escapement on one bell, 219 cm high.

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

Large Victorian mahogany longcase clock with scrolled pediment

Early 19th century oak and mahogany longcase clock with scrolled pelmet, decorated with brass fittings

An early 19th century mahogany cased grandfather clock the brass dial with a silvered chapter ring signed Geo. Bruce London. Height 218 cm. Width 45 cm. Depth 22 cm

A mid 19th century oak & mahogany longcase clock with cock inlaid detail. The hand painted dial surmounted by a shipping scene with castle view spandrels. Signed R. Matthews, Bishops Castle. Height 22 cm. Width 58 cm. Depth 26 cm

A 19th century mahogany longcase clock, the dial with painted spandrels and a blacksmith scene. Height 208 cm

A Victorian mahogany eight-day longcase clock, maker Probert Wigan, the hood with swan neck pediment, and flanked by turned pillars with a dial painted with flowers and subsidiary second dial, the trunk banded with rosewood, enclosed by a panel door on bra

19th century mahogany longcase clock flanked by rope twist columns and hand-painted moonface

A Victorian mahogany long-case clock with 8-day movement and painted dial named for R.H. Salt, Blackburn, with two subsidiary dials and phases of the moon aperture, flanked by double twist pilasters; the trunk cross-banded with flame mahogany and with rose

A 19th century mahogany longcase clock with arch topped painted dial, decorated with Britannia recording the names of her heroes and four seasons to the spandrels. Maker A. Dougal Southhaven. Height 226 cm. Width 52 cm. Depth 27 cm

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 19th century Welsh mahogany millhouse long case clock painted dial

A 19th century Welsh mahogany Millhouse long case clock by J. Hughes, Carnarvon

A 19th century mahogany long case clock by Philip Lloyd, Bristol, painted dial twin weight movement showing phases of the moon

A mid 19th century mahogany longcase clock, the movement by James Hogg, Haddington. Painted enamel dial depicting Scotsmen escorting a lady from a boat. Above subsidiary dial and date dial. Height 224 cm

An early 19th century oak mahogany banded day long case clock by R.A John Joyce Ruthly, the broken pediment over an arched door flanked by columns, a long door flanked by canted pilasters and a square panelled base with bracket feet, the white painted arch

An early 19th century English mahogany longcase clock. The moulded pediment over glazed door, a long door, and a square panelled base with bracket feet, with a white circular dial, eight day anchor escapement, striking on a bell. 190 cm high, 42 cm wide, 2

A good 19th century Josh Wittman mahogany longcase clock, brass capped Corinthian columns flank the decoratively carved door, carved frieze below hood, the base decorated with dolphins, florals and leaves, conforming decoration to the hood, swan neck pedim

An antique mahogany longcase clock, a plain case painted dial with floral spandrels. Signed J. Noaks early 19th century. Height 198.5 cm. Width 50 cm. Depth 25 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

A 19th century Scottish mahogany long case clock, signed Andw. Stevinson Kirkcaldy, the swan neck pediment above an engraved silvered and gilt Roman numeral dial with a subsidiary seconds dial, date aperture and Arabesque pattern spandrel ornaments, having

An early 19th century oak mahogany banded day long case, the broken pediment over an arched door flanked by columns a long door flanked by canted pilasters and a square panelled base with bracket feet the white painted arch dial eight day anchor escapement

A rare 19th century English mahogany longcase clock of long duration, the dial signed for Daniel Grant, Fleet Street, London. (the case possibly associated) .the arched hood with concave moulding over ebony-line inlaid corner pieces, the well figured long

An unusual early 19th century quarter chiming mahogany longcase clock, the hood with tall architectural pediment over a reeded frieze and freestanding columns, the long trunk door flanked by matching quarter columns, on a base with inlaid satinwood and ebo

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

A mid Victorian oak and mahogany longcase clock with swan neck pediment and moulded cornice, the trunk enclosed by arched waist panel door, having a painted dial with floral spaniels and a seconds subsidiary dial, the twin train movement with anchor escape

An early 19th century mahogany longcase clock maker James Leigh Fecit, the domed hood, with brass dial with ormolu decoration, with a twin train movement the trunk enclosed by waist panel door with satinwood banding between canted corners

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