A grandfather clock can imbue your home with a sense of refinement and history that is hard to match, but like any investment in fine furniture, there is much to consider when choosing a clock to make your own. Before you wind your new clock for the very first time or proudly display it in your collection, you may want to weigh the many options at hand and select the grandfather clock that is right for you. Consideration of a few simple details concerning these finely crafted clocks can help you make an informed decision:
- Type: It is important to think about the right clock for your lifestyle before you bring it home. You can choose between two types of grandfather clocks:
- Antique: An antique grandfather clock is typically large, intricately designed, and at least a hundred years old. A statement piece wherever it stands, an antique clock may show the wear and tear of previous generations, and due to its age, its mechanism may require maintenance to keep it in good working order. For those with an appreciation of history, an antique grandfather clock is a cherished and valuable addition to the home.
- Reproduction: You'll find a reproduction clock to be a worthy choice if you enjoy the look and sound of a grandfather clock but prefer the convenience and ease of modern circuitry and clockworks. When you choose a reproduction, you can have a handsome grandfather clock that suits your personal style without the need for special maintenance. No matter what clock you choose, it is certain to become a prized family heirloom.
- Style: With its heavy pendulum and melodious chime, a grandfather clock will assume a prominent presence in your home or collection, so you will want to ensure that the clock of your choice is a good fit for your decorating style. From Amish Mission to stately Federal to winsome Curio, there are grandfather clocks suited for every decor and representative of every historical period since the mid-17th century when these venerable timepieces were first designed.
- Size: A grandfather clock can stand above 2 meters in height, so you will want to predetermine the size of the clock that you can comfortably accommodate early in your selection process. If you plan to display your grandfather clock in a small room, simply choose a clock that is designed to scale and fits well with your other pieces of furniture.
How is a grandfather clock wound?
Antique grandfather clocks are usually hand-wound by turning a key in the clock's keyhole or pulling weights on a chain to the top of its cabinet. Some antique clocks require winding every 30 hours while others, known as eight-day grandfather clocks, continue running for that length of time without needing any additional attention. A reproduction grandfather clock may run on batteries, which will only require changing when the clock slows and no longer keeps accurate time.
How do I care for my grandfather clock?
Care for your grandfather clock as you would any piece of fine furniture. Keeping your clock away from working fireplaces and out of direct sunlight may help preserve its condition for the enjoyment of many generations to come.