Humans have been fascinated by time for centuries and the ancient practice of time keeping has developed significantly over the years. From hourglasses to sundials, to water clocks, to pendulum clocks and to the small clock mechanisms we use today; there is nothing better than an antique clock to signal the passing of time.
The telling of the time is an essential part of our day-to-day lives; clocks have been a necessary feature in the home, as well as an attractive item, whether it be a small mantel clock or larger Grandfather clock, they serve a purpose and add charm to one’s interior. The styles and designs of antique clocks are vast and there is an abundance of choice; silver antique carriage clocks, small antique travel clocks, elegant longcase clocks or dramatic freestanding Edwardian grandmother clocks, one can be found to suit everyone’s taste and interior.
Measuring time passing has long since been a practice in human civilization, the ancient Egyptians measured time by means of a water clock. The flow of water between two containers and the sundial measured time during the day. As technology advanced so did time keeping devices. In the early days mechanical clocks did not display minutes or seconds. Galileo, the famous astronomer was the first to discover the possibility of the pendulum within a clock, although this discovery was not realised before his death. It was Christian Huygens who then incorporated the pendulum and with this came precise time keeping. Clocks from here on advanced in their technology rapidly, and minutes and seconds were now recorded. In 1816 Eli Terry patented a new works for a clock, as the mechanism was smaller it allowed for the development of mantel clocks. In 1840 coiled springs were beginning to be used in clock making, allowing for even smaller mechanisms again.
Prior to the 17thC local church tower clocks allowed most people to tell the time, but from the 17thC onwards clocks became more prevalent within the home. When looking for an antique clock there are many types to choose from including the cuckoo clock, atmos clock, torsion clock, carriage clock, grandfather clock, mantel clock and wall clock.
An antique wall clock can be the perfect decorative feature for a wall; a particularly nice piece that is both quirky and full of charm is the Victorian cuckoo clock, originating from Germany there are a variety of playful styles of antique cuckoo clocks to choose from. Wall clocks were a 17thC invention, particularly popular in the Victorian era; the face is typically round with the numbers displayed in roman numerical. A particularly valuable wall clock is an antique lantern clock, as the oldest antique wall clock available it is extremely valuable especially if the original movement is intact, it is a weight driven clock and more often than not made from brass.
Notable makers of antique grandfather clocks are Tompion, Quare, Mudge and Dutton, these antique clocks are grandeur in statute and are highly desirable. Those with 8 day movements are sought after as they do not need such frequent winding. Many choose to go for an antique grandfather clock with an inbuilt silencing mechanism, allowing the sound of their chimes to be turned off at night to avoid disturbance.
A smaller more decorative antique clock is the mantel clock. It comes in a variety of sizes and is the perfect addition to a room with a vintage feel.
Clocks are a charming feature of most households and their variety, size and style is endless. An antique clock can be a focal point to a room or a unique addition to a wall of clocks displaying different time zones. On a practical note, when purchasing an antique clock it is important to brush up on the basics of winding and cleaning, so it can tell you the time for years to come.
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A French brass cased carriage clock. A shaped carrying handle. An enamel dial with blued steel hands. An 8-day duration timepiece mechanism. Circa 1900.
Height 4 1/2" / 11 cms ...
Offered for sale is this quality oak grandmother clock. Oak case with glazed trunk door having bevelled glass panels. Brass & silvered dial, 3 key holes, silent chime cords, ...
A French brass cased striking carriage clock. A good quality brass case with fluted front and rear columns and a stepped fluted carrying handle. An enamel dial with Roman numerals ...
A good 18th century English lantern clock by Thomas Kefford of Royston. An engraved dial centre with makers name and a silvered chapter ring with the original single hand. The ...
Outstanding Antique French Clock Set, the clock is a beautiful green onyx with gilded mounts. 8 day French movement striking on a bell. Shaped top, Corinthian column supports standing on ...
This is a 19th Century antique mahogany inlaid 8 day mantle clock which has a lovely shape top with an inlaid satinwood urn with swags. 8 day movement striking on ...
This is a late 19th Century antique ebonised Aesthetic movement mantel clock with arched case, painted dial and spandrels decorated with fruit and set with Arabic numerals with eight day ...
Victorian slate and rouge marble architectural mantle clock. The substantial case inset with rouge marble panels enclosing the 10cm enameled dial painted with Roman numerals and indistinctly signed 'Glasgow', the ...
French gilt metal and marble figural mantle clock which is modeled with a classical female musician reclining upon a drum clock with a 9cm white enameled dial and and two ...
Offered for sale is this 19th Century antique black slate and marble mantel clock which has an enameled dial with Roman numerals and 30 hour movement. Good quality and perfect ...
An Antique French Japanned balloon desk clock, enamel dial with Roman numeric and Arabic numerals, signed Furel A Paris, in a highly decorative case, raised with Japanese figures, with ...
Antique French Green Onyx Mantle Clock garniture with figure surmounts. Unusual Guilded metal feet with lovely detail around the dial to match. 8 day movement, stunning clock in perfect working ...
Unusual 19th Century Continental Silver Plated Mantel Clock With circular dial with Roman numerals, to a brass movement striking on a bell, in a silver-plate on copper architectural case with ...
This is an unusual 19th Century French antique variegated rouge marble and gilt spelter clock with figure surmount. Very beautiful piece with ornate gilded feet. 8 day movement with original ...
Antique French Lacquered Brass Cased Carriage Clock, having enameled dial with Roman numerals and visible platform lever escapement. Original key and perfect working order.
Antique Victorian Black Slate Mantle Clock with incised decoration and variegated marble pilasters, circular enamel dial with twin train movement. Perfect working order and with original key.
Antique French Green Onyx And Gilded Spelter Mantle Clock surmounted by a female figure La Victoire. Stunning piece with very ornate features. 8 day movement with original key and perfect ...
Unusual Art Deco Onyx Desk Clock. Very quirky piece and nice green colour. Perfect working order.
Quality Antique Mahogany Brass Inlaid 8 Day Mantle Clock having a lovely shaped top with 5 brass finuals. Brass inlaid columns, round silver dial on a shaped plinth with brass ...
An 18th Century design bracket clock made in the early 1900's. It has a carved caddy top, reeded canted corners and a carved moulded plinth and fret sided lined with ...
Antique Brass Carriage Clock, lovely shaped handle, 8 day movement.
A Fine Quality Burr Walnut 8 Day Floorstanding Regulator Clock c.1860 - Observatory Dial Layout.
The high quality and substantial case veneered in beautifully figured burr walnut.
The arched top jewellers ...
Outstanding Quality Burr Walnut Victorian Mantle Clock having a reeded shaped finual, shaped top. Burr walnut case with a round silver dial, 8 day movement all original and in perfect ...
An impressive French walnut mantel clock, made for the British market. It has a drumhead case with scroll sides, a breakfront base and block feet all in choice walnut. It ...
Antique Victorian 8 Day Marble Mantel Clock having a lovely shaped top 8 day movement, unusual coloured marble case. Once had a name plate at the bottom.
Quality Victorian Ornate 8 Day Marble Mantle Clock having a lovely arched top very unusual pink and black ornate case.
Offered for sale is this 19th Century Victorian antique 8 day marble mantel clock which has a lovely ornate case with unusual coloured marble.
This is a fine quality 19th Century French antique marble and gilt metal Clock Garniture with an 8 day movement. Unusual coloured marble, quality gilt metal mounts. Very decorative clock ...
This is a 19th Century Victorian antique 8 day marble mantel clock with a lovely shaped case, unusual coloured marble. 8 day movement, striking on a gong. Perfect working order ...
This is a 19th Century French antique green onyx & gilded spelter mantel clock garniture surmounted by a female figure La Victoire with very decorative shaped urns. Stunning piece with ...
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