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What is a Grandfather Wall Clock?

What is a Grandfather Wall Clock?

The short answer is that a grandfather wall clock is a wall clock that uses a pendulum for timekeeping.

Why Is It Named Grandfather Wall Clock?

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.

How Does a Grandfather Wall Clock Work?

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.

➤ Read more about Clock Movements here

 

The Best Grandfather Wall Clocks

Howard Miller Alcott Grandfather Wall Clock features a Windsor Cherry finish on select hardwoods and veneers to complement your home decor. Included in the design is a pediment with a sculptured cove and enlarged dentil molding, and a raised brass-finished pendulum with a grid.

Howard Miller Alcott Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller David Grandfather Wall Clock has beautiful detailing that sets it apart from other timepieces in the home. It’s as functional as it is handsome, and while it captures the essence of bygone eras it can easily fit into a more transitional space, too.

Howard Miller David Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller New Haven Grandfather Wall Clock features a beautiful New Haven finish on select hardwoods and veneers, it’s slightly distressed to elevate its old-world appeal. The aged effect nicely complements any traditional or transitional environment.

Howard Miller New Haven Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller Focal Point Grandfather Wall Clock. The name of this clock says it all. This oversized wall clock with a pendulum will quickly become the focal point of any room. With a stunning design and incredibly detailed features, this is a must-have piece for any clock enthusiast.

Howard Miller Focal Point Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller Jennelle Grandfather Wall Clock stands out in any space, be it the home or the workplace. Perfect for both traditional and transitional space, it’s finished in Windsor Cherry and features a flat-top pediment accented with olive ash burl corner overlays.

Howard Miller Jennelle Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller Earnest Grandfather Wall Clock features a Hampton Cherry finish on select hardwoods and veneers to complement your home decor. It includes decorative Acanthus leaf molding on the pediment and rare olive ash burl overlays with light distressing for an aged appearance.

 Howard Miller Earnest Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller Lawyer II Grandfather Wall Clock is the rare timepiece that exhibits such sensibility as this antique wall clock. Its beauty is undeniable, from its Windsor Cherry tone to its exquisite detailing. It’s designed with pure functionality in mind, featuring a barometer, hygrometer, thermometer, and seconds track.

Howard Miller Lawyer II Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller Lewis Grandfather Wall Clock is a must-have piece for the homeowner who loves the classic styling of traditional chiming wall clocks. Hang in a dining room, study, or den, and enjoy the beautiful design this stunning clock offers.

Howard Miller Lewis Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks

Howard Miller Jennison Grandfather Wall Clock is finished in vintage mahogany on select hardwoods and veneers. The careful craftsmanship of the clock makes this a timeless and lasting piece. Hang in any room in your home for an added touch of class and beauty.

Howard Miller Jennison Grandfather Wall Clock - Premier Clocks 

 

More about Grandfather Clocks:

➤  How to Wind a Grandfather Clock
  Wall And Mantel Clock Instruction Manual

 

 




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