Antique Grandfather Clocks
Today, you will find some amazing grandfather clocks, new creations that include different materials, updated features, automated options, and a large variety of designs. While these clocks are beautiful, enhancing the look and feel of any home, there is nothing quite as that of an antique grandfather clock. Having an authentic piece is even more special. While you would give up on some of the updated design features, you would enjoy a timeless piece that makes a beautiful family heirloom.
Originally known as a longcase clock, the grandfather clock is definitely among the most desired of all antique options. Most of these older clocks were created in England during parts of the 17th and 18th century. Typically, the design of an antique grandfather clock means fewer numbers but you also find most are eight-day clocks, which means they are wound once weekly and a much better clock than then 30-hour version, which is wound daily. Additionally, many antique clocks have an anchor escapement as a part of the design.
Keep in mind that the value of an antique grandfather clock depends on a number of factors such as the maker, the case, movement, and the condition of the clock. For instance, a plain carriage clock would be less expensive than a clock from the late 19th century. The great thing about an antique grandfather clock is that it works. If you look at other types of antiques, they are usually just eye candy but with a clock, you can actually enjoy its soft ticking and chimes.
When shopping around for an antique grandfather clock, we suggest you purchase one already in working order. Yes, these clocks can usually be repaired but often, the price is very expensive. Therefore, finding an antique clock already working would probably only mean a few inexpensive adjustments. In fact, it might be that some of the adjustments could be done by you.
To date an antique grandfather clock, you would look on the dial and movement for the signature of the maker. In addition, look at the overall condition, specifically the case to see the style of the clock, which could then be period dated. Now, even if the clock has a signature that does not mean it was made by the maker presented. For instance, antique grandfather clocks from the 19th century are sometimes signed by the retailer, not the maker.
True signatures are usually easy to find. Up until 1690, look along the bottom part of the dial plate. Then from 1690 to 1720, the signature would likely be on the chapter ring. However, for clocks after 1720, you would check the chapter ring, as well as the boss in the arch or perhaps you would find a plaque attached somewhere to the clock.