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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A West Australian longcase clock by James Howieson of Boyanup Gallery manufactured from Blackbutt and Blackbutt burl the mechanism by Keininger, from Stuttgart Germany 7 day movement, hourly gongs, quarter chimes height 218 cm

A spectacular walnut carved Black Forest long case clock, c1900, the ornate case surmounted with a large three-dimensional owl, its wings outstretched, glass eyes, the entire case carved with fruiting grape vines, highlighted with two further smaller owls

Miniature mahogany and marquetry grandfather clock with revolving day, date and month apertures

A mid 20th century long case clock in walnut, 167 x 28 x 46 cm

Antique English long case clock, movement by Jas Roberts (Bath) painted arched dial, with sub seconds, and calendar aperture, ebony inlaid mahogany case, approx 210 cm high

A mahogany long case Grandmother clock, 20th century, the brass dial marked Tempus Fugit, 151 cm high

Art Deco Moore and Wright grandfather clock, height 153 cm

A miniature timber cased and inlaid longcase clock, 20th century, with an arched top inlaid with a Sheraton fan above an enamel dial with Roman numerals, the trunk decorated with wheat heads and leaves in an urn, the lower section with a navette medallion

A Black Forest grandfather clock, circa 1910, the elaborate hand carved case depicting a fox below a vine leaf covered brick wall, with two perched owls below the circular clock face. All below an owl pediment with outstreched wings and electrified glass e

An impressive Edwardian mahogany and satinwood marquetry long case clock marked Green Brothers Newcastle, circa 1900, the hood with swan neck pediment with floral bosses, the arched door flanked by reeded Corinthian columns enclosed is the brass and silver

Antique English long case clock, with an important Thomas Ogden Halifax movement circa 1750, possibly later oak case, has key (in office), pendulum and weights, approx 220 cm high

A Swiss provincial long case clock with wood dial and roman numerals in painted soft wood case, 204 cm high

Long case grandfather clock, with weight driven chiming movement, key and pendulum included, 211 cm high

William IV oak and mahogany longcase clock, (grandfather clock) by Broadhead, Belper, with painted dial, roman numerals and arch depicting a scene of a fisherman on the shoreline, 8 day striking movement (bell) requires servicing, key and pendulum included

William IV oak and mahogany longcase clock, (grandfather clock) by Broadhead, Belper, with painted dial, roman numerals and arch depicting a scene of a fisherman on the shoreline, 8 day striking movement (bell) requires servicing, key and pendulum included

An oak longcase clock by Robert Mason of Kelso, circa 1820-1830, with swan neck hood, the dial painted with floral spray, 205 cm high, 47 cm wide, Provenance, collection of Michael Galloway, Sydney

Marquetry inlaid mahogany miniature long case clock with enamelled dial, approximately 27.5 cm high

A good N.Z. colonial carved kauri long case clock, the pediment as a winged cherub mask above the 31 circular dial with cut brass applied Roman numerals and Art Nouveau copper hands, framed by a fruiting vine and scroll relief detail, above an open section

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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