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 George III ornate marquetry inlaid oak longcase clock, by Jacob Lovelace of Exon (Exeter), the brass dial with silvered chapter ring enclosing the subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, the eight day movement striking on a bell, the case with profuse

A fine George II walnut longcase clock by William Kipling, London, 225 cm high

A late Georgian oak long case clock, the hood with break-arch pediment, arched door flanked by fluted pilasters, the brass and enamel dial with lunar movement, Roman numerals, rail track minutes; the mechanism striking on a bell. Height 215 cm

George III oak longcase clock, with square painted dial, signed Sidwell, Nuneaton, 30 hour striking movement (bell), circa 1800, 202 cm high

A Georgian oak moon-face dial longcase clock late 18th century the dial marked: W.P. Coates, Newport Pagnell with eight day movement - hourly / half hourly strikes the bell, the dial with date display and subsidiary second hand, height: 229 cm, width 46 cm

George II oak longcase clock, (grandfather clock) by John Johnson, with rare dancing harlequin automata in break arch and date aperture, unrestored condition, 222 cm high approx

An unusual French provincial carved oak longcase clock, Normandy region, late 18th century, 202 cm high. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, New South Wales

A George III red lacquered chinoisere cased clock, English, 18th century, signed Jon. Draper, London, 244 cm high, 40 cm wide, 24 cm deep

George III oak long case clock, by R: Francis Attleburgh, with 8 day weight driven striking movement and painted dial, key and pendulum included, as inspected, 200 cm high

Fine antique English Georgian Chinoiserie black lacquer longcase clock, arched brass dial with silvered chapter ring, engraved Tempus Fugit by Sam Morris London, eight day movement with subsidiary second dial, calendar aperture, the hood of pagoda shape, f

A George III Chinoiserie longcase clock by Spencer & Perkins, circa 1780. The longcase clock with Spencer & Perkins movement contained within a green lacquered Chinoiserie embellished case depicting figures within a landscape, the base with an equestrian s

A George III oak longcase clock. Maker: Robert Vernon. The silvered arch dial with ormolu surround, eight day anchor escapement and a striking on a bell. 215 cm high, 53 cm wide

A good highly decorative George III black lacquer chinoiserie longcase clock, the brass dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, the maker noted 'Andren Moran London', applied pierced, scroll and mask cast panels to the quadrant

Georgian oak long case (grandfather) clock, with painted dial, 216 cm high approx. Pendulum available

A Georgian longcase clock, with later red lacquer chinoiserie decoration, the arched dial engraved 'John Smorthwaite in Colchester', the silvered chapter ring with calendar aperture and seconds dial, the gilt brass spandrels with ornate pierced mask, leaf

Georgian long case grandfather clock, by John Stephanes,with handpainted dial, 8 day striking movement, seconds hand and date dial, 212 cm high

Antique Georgian English painted dial oak longcase clock, no key, no pendulum, no weights, approx 190 cm high

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

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

George III brass faced longcase clock the hood with fluted Corinthian columns, the arched brass dial engraved John Scott, Newcastle flanked by pierced stylised dolphins, Roman and arabic numerals in an ornately carved oak framed, the arched trunk door cent

George III brass faced longcase clock with leaf carved hood, spiral turned uprights, the square dial with cherub and crown spandrels, Roman and Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and calendar aperture by Henry de La Fuielle, London, the trunk with a

Georgian 8 day long case 'Grandfather' clock, by J. Whalley, Manchester, with date aperture and seconds bit, movement strikes on a bell, 220 cm high, 54 cm wide

Antique Georgian oak long case clock, by Jn Horsnaile Warfield, approx 230 cm high

A George III 18th century oak 30 hour longcase clock. Maker John Wood. Stroud. 1762-1792. An engraved brass dial, with a bell striking 30 hour movement, with silvered dial with gilt spandrels. The trunk enclosed by a panel door on bracket feet, with a sing

George III oak and rosewood long case clock by S Collier of Eccles, the caddy top hood with three brass urn finials and column uprights, the square and brass silverised dial with arabic and Roman numerals, engraved centre with painted subsidiary dial and a

George III oak long case clock the hood with pagoda top and fluted columns, the arched enamel dial with painted sailing ship moon-phase Roman numerals subsidiary seconds and calendar dials by George Suggate Halesworth

A George III oak cased John Westcott of London long case clock, the engraved brass dial with silver chapter ring engraved and black enamelled with Roman numerals enclosing two subsidiary dials for seconds and date, applied decorative cast spandrels, the co

A George III black lacquer longcase clock By J. Davis, Lemon Street, the 8-day bell strike movement with anchor escapement and rack strike, seconds dial, silent strike dial in the break arch and date aperture at 6, silvered dial and gilt spandrels, the cas

An 18th century oak cased longcase clock with quarter sawn panel decoration. Eight day bell strike movement with brass dial, silvered chapter ring and scroll/ urn spandrels. Lead weights. Unsigned. Height 218 cm

An early 18th century thirty hour longcase clock in green stained and lacquered pine case with flat topped twin column hood. The heavily built posted movement has four wheel trains and count wheel strike with large bell. The base plate of the movement has

An impressive 18th century eight day longcase clock in Chinoiserie and floral decorated red lacquer case. Brass finials. The brass dial with box calendar, silvered chapter ring and ornate urn spandrels. Movement signed by James Grice C. 1740 with the later

A fine early 18th century matched walnut veneer longcase clock by Martin Jackson, London. C.1715. Rare five pillar month duration movement with pull repeat. Brass dial with silverd chapter ring, cherub spandrels, box calendar and ringed winding holes. Heav

A George III longcase oak clock, circa 1800, having an eight-day bell striking movement with brass dial plate and chapter ring, subsidiary for seconds mounted in a oak and satin wood banded case.

An 18th century long-case clock; two-train movement, silvered Roman numeral dial, maker James Nelson, Banbrudge. Height 205 cm

Antique English Georgian green lacquer chinossiere decorated long case clock, movement by Jacob Odell St Albans, the dial with subsidiary second dial, calendar aperture, the trunk with green chinossiere decoration (has key and pendulum), approx 2.25m

A large first quarter of the 18th century inlaid walnut longcase clock, by Thomas trout, the hood with caddy top surmounted by three brown burning finials, over a square glazed door with ebonised columns above a long door with lenticle above a box and step

A third quarter of the 18th century black japanned longcase clock, by Edward Gratrex, Birmingham, the hood with a stepped caddy top surmounted by three giltwood flame finials above an arched door with applied columns, with glass panels to either side, abov

An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23, by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23 the hood with a swan neck pediment with three brass ball finials over a cedar and pine strung door, flanked by freestanding re

A George II Japanned Chinoiserie decorated longcase clock, maker Jacob O'Donnell the arched pediment over an arched door flanked by columns, a long door and a square panelled base with plinth, the silvered arch dial with ormolu surround with date aperture,

An 18th century long cased clock in oak case hand painted steel dial by Stennett (Bath)