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The "Grandfather Clock" has been with us since it was developed by the English clockmaker William Clement in circa 1670. It is also referred to as a longcase clock, a tall-case clock, or simply a floor clock, Either way, its beauty is not diminished. These clocks are normally 6 to 8 feet tall with cases that are beautifully carved to make a statement. The majority of cases contain striking mechanisms which only enhance their overall value by pleasantly reminding us of a change in time.

Interestingly, it is commonly believed that clocks that are between 5 feet but less than 6 feet are called “Grandmother” clocks while those under 5 feet are ‘Granddaughter’ clocks.

In America, the term “Grandfather’s Clock” originated in a song written by Henry Clay in 1876. These clocks are renowned for their magnificent cases which housed their weights and pendulum. The cases were made using all types of woods including, walnut, mahogany, oak, cherry wood, lacquered and the most magnificent inlays.

Over the years cases were gradually enhanced with the addition of decorative features like finials, frets and additional fine inlays. Additionally, moondials with displaying the various moon-phases and musical chiming mechanisms were added. Generally they are designed to run eight days and are easily rewound by winding a key inserted in the face of the clock needed to raise weights which keep the pendulum moving.

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Grandfather Clocks

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The "Grandfather Clock" has been with us since it was developed by the English clockmaker William Clement in circa 1670. It is also referred to as a longcase clock, a tall-case clock, or...

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