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 late 19th century French miniature long case clock, 60 cm high

A French provincial long case clock, 19th century, with dial marked Clisson a Parthenay, from Northern France, the pine cased clock with a banjo shaped body, having a feather painted walnut finish to the exterior and an elaborate pressed and coloured tin d

A late 19th century Scandavian long case clock, hand painted dial and brass hands, 198 cm high, 53 cm wide, 22 cm deep

A Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted kingwood and satinwood longcase clock, 19th century, 210 cm high, 40 cm wide, 28 cm deep

Long cased clock. Early 19th century oak marked Francis Wells London

A 19th century long case clock, with a painted Arabic numeral dial, and an anchor escapement on one bell, 237 cm high

A 19th century oak cased long case clock, Henry Watson, Blackburn, with brass dial Roman numerals and arcaded Arabic seconds, subsidiary calendar 218 cm high

A Victorian miniature long case clock by W.Thornhill & Co.London, circa 1880, with swan neck pediment above enamel dial with Roman numerals and maker, the case with faux panel fronted door on square pedestal and platform base, with satinwood marquetry and

A cedar and fiddle back eucalypt long case clock, Australian, late 19th century, 211 cm high, 37 cm wide, 39 cm deep

Early 19th century English oak long case clock with painted dial - pendulum and weights

Fine antique late Victorian longcase clock, possibly by and in the manner of J Bennett, fitted with a complex 8 bell & 5 gong movement, the arched silver dial with pierced gilt metal spandrels, moon phase, subsidiary seconds, silent or chime dial, very are

An oak George III longcase clock, English, early 19th century, brass dial, maker 'Wainright, Nottingham', 214 cm high, 44 cm wide and 22 cm deep

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

Antique early 19th century French provincial longcase clock, trunk in walnut and cherry wood, 241 cm high

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

An English oak provincial longcase clock 19th century, maker Walker & Hughes, Birmingham. a swan's neck pediment above an arched painted dial with Roman numerals and a seconds dial and date aperture, a painted manor house and pastoral scene and decorative

Early 19th century longcase clock in later oak case, of small proportions. Running

A 19th century pine longcase clock the painted dial with floral spandrels. Signed B James, Teignmouth. Height 193 cm. Width 49. Depth 26 cm

A mid 19th century oak longcase clock the hand painted dial with religious scenes. Signed J. Sharpe, Stamfordham. Height 208.5 cm. Width 55 cm. Depth 27.5 cm

Antique French 19th century long case clock with inlaid trunk and drum form hood, 243 cm high

A superb Gothic 19th century oak longcase clock, the arched pediment over an arched door, below a square panelled base, with a silvered dial, eight day anchor escapement, and striking on a bell.

19th century English oak longcase clock, W. Skyes Kolbeck

A 19th century oak longcase clock the arch top flanked by reeded pillars, the painted and gilded face named Woodcock, Colchester. Height 220 cm. Width 46.5 cm. Depth 27 cm

A 19th century New Zealand timbers longcase clock the dome top above a glazed panel door and a bombe shaped base. Height 198 cm. Width 61.5 cm. Depth 32 cm

An early 19th century Chinoiserie black lacquered long case clock, the dial signed J. Baverick, London, with an eight day movement and an anchor escapement on one bell, the brass dial and silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with calendar and subsidiary sec

A late Victorian oak longcase clock with overall Renaissance revival carving. The brass clock face with cut steel hands, inscribed Ben Keen, Wicombe. Needs restoration. Height 234 cm. Width 51 cm. Depth 31 cm

A 19th century oak cased long case clock incised brass dial, all over chip carved decoration, twin train movement

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) A rare carved long case clock, circa 1910 Reputedly part of the original Furnishings of Glenormiston, Western District, Victoria the movement stamped F. Ziegeler, Melbourne decorated in the Arts & Crafts style, with a beaten and

A fine Victorian carved oak long-case clock, London, English, circa 1875 by Goldsmith and Silversmiths Westminster and Whittington chimes 247 cm high, 54 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Early 19th century long cased clock with brass plaque 'Robert Johnston, Aberdeen scotland 1815'

An early 19th century English oak longcase clock with a painted dial

An early 19th century oak eight day long case clock cased maker Richard Bagly Ashford having a square silvered dial with silvered chapter ring, and embossed brass spandrels, and Roman numerals, the case with arched cornice and panel door, on a plinth base,

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

A 19th century long case clock by rider of Poole in an oak marquetry case, with weights and pendulum. Width 54 cm. Depth 26 cm. Height 88 cm

An impressive late 19th century carved oak quarter chiming long case clock, Elkington, Sydney & London, the hood with overhanging cornice and blind carved fret raised on a pair of freestanding turned columns, the trunk with silk-backed pierced sound frets

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