Choosing antique clocks to collect is a rigorous process. There are many styles and types out there that you might want to collect. A majority of them were developed in the 19th and 20th centuries, creating a variety of designs that go beyond the standard mantelpiece clocks.
If you are a vintage collector looking into collecting antique clocks, here is a short guide on the many types of clocks available.
1. Antique Wall Clocks
The most common type of clock, especially since the early 17th century, is the wall clock. They were made not only for their functionality but also for their great addition to a room’s interior.
One of the more popular styles of wall clocks is the Ansonia hanging clock. Made famous by the Ansonia Clock Company, it is made from brass and wood, carved into intricate patterns inspired by Greek architecture.
Another infamous wall clock is the Birdemeier clock. Similar to the concept of Ansonia clocks, the Birdemeier is fashioned with intricate designs, this time more derived from baroque and gothic ideas.
2. Vintage Mantel Clocks
Adding a touch of flair to any fireplace, mantel clocks are one of the first portable clocks found in many households.
Because they are small enough to be placed on top of the mantel, they are usually light enough to be picked up and carried throughout the room. As people of the house, this was highly convenient for telling time, even when making the trip from your study to the living area.
This portable and functional piece of interior design often came with handles so as to be carted all over the room. The most highly valued mantel clocks are those made during the Art-Deco period and mid-century. Especially as they come in unique, geometric patterns.
3. Antique Cuckoo Clocks
When people think of vintage clocks, cuckoo clocks are usually what comes to mind. As its name suggests, cuckoo clocks contain a small, automaton bird that pops out and chirps every hour.
First made in the 18th century, these clocks rose to popularity in southwest Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The crafting of such clocks is magnificent, not only thanks to its wooden exterior but its inner mechanisms. The bird’s “cuckoo” would be a musical note played every hour, leaving us to wonder how the early clockmakers did it.
Aside from birds, many antique cuckoo clocks have been made in the form of other animals, and are carved with depictions of landscapes and forests.
4. Antique Grandfather Clocks
Another popular antique clock is the grandfather clock. These are tall clocks typically placed in hallways, for its loud ringing to be heard all throughout the house. There are a variety of grandfather clocks available.
These include tall-case clocks, floor clocks, long-case clocks and pendulum clocks. American grandfather clocks in particular can reach up to eight feet tall with a wide base. On the other hand, most French-made grandfather clocks appear much slimmer.
Antique Clock Collectors, It’s Time!
If you are a beginner at antique clock collecting, it is very important to know what types are out there. Whether you want to hone in on specific types of clocks or collect them all, it’s important to keep in mind the rarity and condition of these clocks.
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