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 pine longcase clock made in the early 19th century with an enchanting scene within the Arch depicting a huntsman in Top hat with his dog. The solid pine case ...
An impressive, high quality mahogany longcase clock dating to the late 18th Century. It has a swan neck scroll pediment, with blind fretwork panels, an ogee shaped gazed door and ...
The movement is by 'Cuthbert Dranton' of London circa 1777, with an eight day duration, hour strike (with a strike silent), brass dial with spandrel decoration and a Silvered subsidiary ...
A very good quality late Victorian mahogany arched top bracket table clock with quarter columns and brass string inlay. The clock has a silvered dial with slow-fast and silent-strike mechanism. ...
This is a fine quality oak 8 day longcase clock by William Peacock of York. The well proportioned case of typical East Yorkshire design, constructed of figured oak having excellent ...
A Georgian period Nottinghamshire longcase clock. A well proportioned oak case with a caddy top surmounted by original gilded wooden ball finials. Gilded hood capitals to the front and rear. ...
This is an English late Victorian fusee dial wall clock. A mahogany case with brass bezel surround. A 12' painted dial signed 'Camerer Cuss & Co 56, New Oxford Street, ...
Offered for sale is this lovely sized welsh Georgian oak longcase clock. Georgian oak case, glazed hood, turned columns to the hood. Brass & Silvered dial with date & seconds ...
Offered for sale is this Georgian inlaid oak longcase clock by Richard Smith of Newport. The hood having swan neck pediment, turned column capitals, glazed door. The painted dial having ...
Offered for sale is this lovely sized antique mahogany cased granddaughter clock. Mahogany case, the slide off hood having swan neck pediment, & a glazed opening door. The dial ...
Offered for sale is this walnut cased musical granddaughter clock. Walnut case.The slide off hood has a glazed door with lock & key. The dial is brass with gilt spandrels ...
This is an Edwardian period Chinoiserie green lacquered mantel clock. Silvered convex dial and brass bezel surround. 8 Day French movement in full working order. Oriental gilt decoration to the ...
A fine quality Georgian London bracket/table clock of neat proportions. An ebonised case with the original finish and brass carrying handle to the pad top. Brass case edging and around ...
This is a Jaeger LeCoultre TV clock in Brass in excellent condition.
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Object: Skeleton clock
Model name: Jaeger LeCoultre
Clock mechanism: Mechanical
Power Reserve: 8 day movement
Maker/ Designer: Jaeger LeCoultre
Jaeger LeCoultre 8-Day Square Desk Clock Swiss 1950
A stunning Jaeger LeCoultre 8-day square desk clock with date, made in Switzerland in 1950. The dial is signed in the upper ...
This is a 19th Century French antique mantle clock in the shape of a portico. The case is rosewood with satinwood inlay and quality mounts. In good working order. On ...
8 Days Goliath Pocket Watch in Leather Travelling Case by Vickery Regent Street Swiss 1920
This is a nice 8 days goliath open face pocket watch in leather travelling case, ...
8 Days Travel Clock in Leather Case Swiss 1925
A nice 8 Days travel clock in leather case. The white enamel dial has luminous Arabic numerals with outer minute divisions ...
This is a green gilt bronze mantle clock by 'C.F Crewes' Paris. God casting 'The Hunter and The Lion'. Chimes on the half and full hour. 8 day movement.
Offered for sale is this good Edwardian mahogany cased granddaughter clock. It has an mahogany case. The hood has a glazed door with lock & key. The dial is brass ...
Early oak longcase grandfather clock by Thomas Storer of Derby, rass face with working date aperture, 30 hour movement with finned pillars striking the hour on a bell and charming ...
Offered for sale is this antique electric regulator clock. It has a mahogany case with glazed opening door. Stamped Gents on the dial. All the electric components are there and ...
This is a very pretty French marble clock with gilt bronze mounts. The clock in a soft pink marble is highlighted beautifully by the crisply cast gilt mounts. It has ...
This is a really delightful and decorative French Vineyard wall clock dating from around 1870. The clock has a good quality twin barrel movement that has been fully restored recently ...
Very elegant antique mahogany longcase (grandfather) clock of eight-day duration. The mahogany case stands 86 inches high. The trunk carries a long arched-top trunk door edged with moulding. The hood ...
A good quality French brass cased carriage clock with enamel decoration. Concave and convex mouldings to the case. Front panels and case handle showing good quality enamel decorations. A white ...
This is a top quality Edwardian period antique mahogany inlaid mantel clock. Porcelain dial and brass bezel surround to the 8 Day French movement. Retailed by highly regarded maker, JW ...
This is an impressive 19th Century antique longcase clock with a musical movement with what I think is Whittington chimes playing on a carillon of 8 bells and striking the ...
Nicely proportioned Four Glass striking mantle clock or Crystal Regulator by S. Marti for Maple & Co c.1875. The clock is in a rectangular brass case with plinth and cornice ...
An extremely good quality French Gothic Revival bronze and bronze gilt mantel clock with decorative scrolling relief design throughout, six fluted columns finished with capitals and finials and a floral ...
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