The short answer is that a grandfather wall clock is a wall clock that uses a pendulum for timekeeping.
But why then it’s called a grandfather wall clock? This name comes from a grandfather clock that also uses a pendulum, a swinging weight, as its timekeeping element. There are different versions why a grandfather clock is called like that, you can read more about it here.
Somehow, the pendulum mechanism became associated with a grandfather clock and that’s how a wall clock with a pendulum became also known as a grandfather wall clock.
A grandfather wall clock uses a mechanical movement. These clocks are mechanically powered and need to be wound once per week. To wind the grandfather wall clock, you will need to use the winding key that should be inserted into the holes located in the dial face. Depending upon the model of your grandfather wall clock, there can be 1, 2, or 3 winding key holes. The center winder is for the timekeeping, the right winder is for the quarter-hour chime, and the left winder is for the hour strike. If the right hand winder is not wound, eventually the left will not function.
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