Don't Let Time Get Away
Long ago, Grandfather clocks were the exclusive property of the wealthy. Throughout the years, clockmakers have catered to the elite, keeping Grandfather clocks an accessory for the rich, however that has changed in recent years.
Many clocks are being passed by family members as heirlooms. Clocks hold their intrinsic value as they are passed along by family members.
Longcases, popularly known as Grandfather clocks, are among the most appealing of all clocks. Most were made in England between the late 17th and 19th centuries, although lesser numbers were also produced in Europe and America. The standard long case runs for eight days and has an anchor escapement. The first longcase clock is an evolution of the lantern clock, with a wooden case to protect the weights and pendulum. The style of clock called the long case clock became known as a grandfather clock in the Victorian era when an American, Henry Clay Work, published a song in 1876. The some of the lyrics to the song are: My Grandfather Clock.
My grandfather clock was too large for the shelf, So it stood ninety years on the floor; It was taller by half than the old man himself, Though it weighed not a pennyweight more. It was bought on the day that he was born, And always his treasure and pride. But it stopped short, never to go again when the old man died.
The first practical clock was driven by a pendulum. Grandfather clocks are an example of pendulum driven clocks. The pendulum swings to the left and right and as it swings it turns a wheel with teeth. The turning wheel turns the minute and hour hands on the clock. A clock shows 12 hours at a time, so the hour hand must go around twice to measure a 24 hour day. Therefore, after days of the clock running, it must be rewound. For those who do not wish to wind the clock when it runs down, battery operated clocks can be purchased.
Clocks can serve a variety of purposes besides keeping time. When in the market for a clock, you might find yourself spending a lot of time searching for the right style for your home. Touch the smooth fine wood of the clock, listen to the melodious chimes or sounds it makes. The décor of a home is complete when adorned with a fine gift of time, a clock. Clocks add elegance to any home decor.
Grandfather clocks, mantle clocks, cuckoo clocks, and wall clocks can look great in different sizes, styles and colors for your home or office. Clocks tick but some really talk volumes in design and style. Don’t let time get away!