A really pretty little local 30hr longcase clock by Hardwell of Andover. . Plated movement with countwheel strike. Blued steel hands. The 11” painted dial
A very handsome & high quality 8 day longcase clock by Stephen Henry, London. The good 5 pillar movement the hours on a bell. The
A real rarity! A very pretty 30hr longcase clock timepiece with alarm. The 3 wheel, plated frame, rope driven movement with side mounted alarm mechanism.
A slim and very attractive 8 day moonphase longcase clock by Robert Moxham, Coleford (Gloucestershire). The good quality, conventional anchor escapement movement striking the hours
An unusual & attractive 8 day Longcase clock by Watkins of Abergavenny. The movement striking the hours on a bell and with feature ‘Adam &
A very fine London Longcase clock. The brass dial plate measures 11” square and has a wheatear border with crown and cherub head spandrels, silvered
A superb and rare tidal dial longcase clock. The mahogany veneered case is of excellent quality, and is typical of the finest Bristol clock cases
A superb quality marquetry Longcase clock by Samuel Marchant of London. 8 day movement with outside count-wheel, striking the hours on a bell. 11” dial
A very pretty little oak Longcase clock by John Hargrave of Sleaford. Early 12” square ‘gesso’ dial, with seconds and calendar. 8 day weight driven
A fine, small, 8 day oak longcase clock. Brass dial, with chapter ring and ‘Urn’ spandrels, date aperture, subsidiary seconds dial original blued steel hands,
The longcase or ‘Grandfather’ clock was introduced in the second half of the 17th century and died out in the 19th century. They have always been available in 30 hour and 8 day form, together with various other longer durations. The 30 hour clocks tended to be found more in provincial areas, although it is possible to find a 30 hour London clock.
The potential purchaser of a genuine antique longcase clock will have many choices when it comes to wood types, case styles and also movement/dial choices. The wood type plays a big part in the cost of the clock. A marquetry or walnut veneered longcase will generally cost more than a clock in a Mahogany or Oak case.
Complications to the movement will also add the price. Moonphase or automata longcase’s will generally carry more of a premium than a clock with strike/silent or nothing in the arch of the dial. Earlier clocks will also be more desirable. The maker of a clock (there were thousands of them!) doesn’t really affect the value, unless it is one of the highly prized clockmakers such as Thomas Tompion, George Graham or Joseph Knibb, etc.
The movement of a longcase dating from the 1600’s is not that different to a clock movement from the 19th century. They are weight driven and generally have a seconds beating pendulum, which combination makes them very good timekeepers. They are all made to a high standard and will be reliable for centuries to come. Past clockmakers seemed to understand how to harden brass and steel, and we regularly see clocks 300 years old with very little wear at all
Longcase clock dials were initially made of brass, with a matted centre, a separate silvered chapter ring and cast spandrels in the corners. In the 1770’s the latest style was for a single, thin sheet of brass, that was silvered all over, and often engraved. Also in the 1770’s painted iron dial appeared and became very fashionable. There was a period when the antique clock collector favoured the brass dial to the painted dial, thankfully this is no longer the case and now they are both prized equally.
The earliest longcase clocks featured square dials. The dial size increased from 10” (sometimes 9” on 30 hour longcase’s) through 11”, 12” and so on, generally getting larger as the centuries went by. The arched clock dial became available around 1700 but were not widely popular until around 1720-30. The addition of the arch to the longcase dial gave the clockmaker scope to add a large variety of ‘optional extras’ such as moon phase, strike/silent, automata etc.
The longcase clock cases were produced in a variety of woods, in either solid or veneered form. Solid wood cases could be oak, mahogany, fruitwoods or occasionally walnut. Pine or oak was used as carcase woods that was veneered on to or in the case of pine, painted. Pine was never used as a surface wood, the fashion for stripped pine was a 20th century thing. The earliest clock cases were ebony or ebonised giving a black finish, which contrasted beautifully with the gold and silver of the dial, but they were rather functional.
Later in the 17th century the case makers skill came into its own. The fashion for really beautiful cases made using walnut or marquetry veneers was born.
In the 18th century mahogany was imported into the UK for the first time. When cut as veneers at an angle, the flame effect was beautiful, and quickly became the dominate wood used in clock case construction.
On our site you will find a selection of longcase clocks that we have available. We try to maintain a complete range of brass dial or painted dial clocks, featuring moon phase, rocking ships or strike/silent, in a variety of case styles. Please click on the various drop down categories to narrow your search.