The grandfather clock was a fixture of plantation life around which life revolved, for it told the family and workers when to work, when to eat, and when to rest. Grandfather clocks are cultural artifacts that indicate authority, and they also organize people and objects in space, especially in the Civil War era South.
Why are grandfather clocks special?
The first grandfather clock was created around 1680 by British clockmaker William Clement. These tall style clocks were made possible thanks to the anchor escapement system, which allowed for much smaller motion in the pendulum than used to be necessary. All this makes for better long term accuracy of the clock.
What is the value of grandfather clocks?
A grandfather clock can sell for anywhere from $200 to more than $20,000.
What is the difference between a grandmother and granddaughter clock?
Grandmother and granddaughter clocks are smaller versions of the grandfather clock. The granddaughter clock is much shorter than either the grandmother or the grandfather clock, with heights between three and five feet.
What size is a grandmother clock?
A typical grandmother clock will be between 5 and 6 feet tall, designed to fit more effectively into smaller homes without sacrificing the ornamental style of the longcase clock.
How do I identify my grandmother clock?
Look on the dial, or face, of the grandfather clock. In most cases, the name of the manufacturer of the case and dial is painted or engraved on the clock face. Look for a trademark, or copyright symbol, on the clock dial.