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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Longcase clock, Scottish flame mahogany, Robert Aitken of Galashiels, C1840, Drumhead design with convex trunk door, height 205 cm

A William IV mahogany cased 8 day Scottish grandfather clock. Maker J. Bell, Perth. Height: 203 cm

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

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 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

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

Scottish mahogany longcase clock, circa 1830s, with beautiful hand painted dial signed 'James Block, Kirkaldy', with hand pierced Scottish 'Thistle' hands, Scottish weights marked 'Kf' possibly Kirkaldy foundry and matching painted pendulum original to the

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

A mahogany long case clock, with Georgian Scottish movement, circa 1790 signed John Hamilton, Dalziell, the double broken swan neck pediment above a silvered dial with gilt spandrels, silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals and bell chime, the case set w

A mahogany long case clock, Scottish, Alex Dickie, Edinburgh, 8-day, bell strike movement, anchor escapement, engraved silver dial, Roman numerals, calendar aperture, subsidiary seconds, the hood decorated with swan neck cresting, fluted pillars, glazed si

An early 19th century Scottish mahogany longcase clock, the hood with arched door and foliated carved crest over a long arched door flanked by diagonal reeded panels over a cross-banded and beaded panelled base, raised on turned bun feet, the 12 inch arche

Good Georgian Scottish longcase clock mahogany case, with painted white dial. Two train movement. Makers name Alex. Lucas, of Glasgow on dial

A first half of the 19th century Scottish mahogany long case clock, the tall hood over a long door of good figure on a panelled base, the 12 inch arched painted dial with scene to the arch entitled 'Sir James the Ross', the corners representing the England

A Scottish oak inlaid longcase clock J. Dilger, Glasgow, circa 1896, having an eight-day bell striking movement, with a painted Roman numeral dial depicting the four seasons, the hood and casement heavily inlaid with rosewood and mahogany and a marquetry p