Add a timeless silhouette to your space in the form of a majestic Grandfather Clock. Elegant, chic and eternally stylish, the Grandfather clock is a tall, freestanding masterpiece that has been enhancing hallways and rooms since the 17th century. A grandfather clock normally contains a weight driven pendulum clock, and range from around 6 to 8 feet tall. The long, narrow case of the clock is often ornate and elaborate, that frames the pendulum in the tower in addition to the clock face or dial. Grandfather clocks can also be referred to as Longcase clocks, and even though they are often thought of as old fashioned antiques, more contemporary versions are also available. Browse our selection for more information.
Traditionally, longcase clocks were made with two types of movement: eight-day and one-day (30-hour) movements. A clock with an eight-day movement required winding only once a week, while generally less expensive 30-hour clocks had to be wound every day. Eight-day clocks are often driven by two weights – one driving the pendulum and the other the striking mechanism, which usually consisted of a bell or chimes. Such movements usually have two keyholes, one on each side of the dial to wind each one. By contrast, 30-hour clocks often had a single weight to drive both the timekeeping and striking mechanisms. Some 30-hour clocks were made with false keyholes, for customers who wished that guests to their home would think that the household was able to afford the more expensive eight-day clock. All modern striking longcase clocks have eight-day movements. Most longcase clocks are cable-driven, meaning that the weights are suspended by cables. If the cable were attached directly to the weight, the load would cause rotation and untwist the cable strands, so the cable wraps around a pulley mounted to the top of each weight. The mechanical advantage of this arrangement also doubles the running time allowed by a given weight drop.
Cable clocks are wound by inserting a special crank (called a “key”) into holes in the clock’s face and turning it. Others, however, are chain-driven, meaning that the weights are suspended by chains that wrap around gears in the clock’s mechanism, with the other end of the chain hanging down next to the weight. To wind a chain-driven longcase clock, one pulls on the end of each chain, lifting the weights until the weights come up to just under the clock’s face.