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What is a Grandfather Clock?

Also known as a longcase clock, a tall pendulum clock or a floor clock, a grandfather clock is a tall free-standing clock with a swinging pendulum encased within. The clock face sits at the top of the vertical case, which is often elaborately designed and carved out of wood.

Grandfather Clock Dimensions

A grandfather clock is freestanding, in the shape of a column. It typically measures 1.8-2.4 meters high with a diameter of 40-60cm.

Types of Grandfather Clocks

Grandfather clocks have an antique clock appearance, however they are still being manufactured by leading clock manufacturers, and some even have a modern appearance. Two famous kinds of grandfather clocks are Comtoise, made in the Comte region in France, and Bornholm or Mora clocks, originating from Scandinavia. Well known grandfather clock brands still manufacture them today, including Howard Miller Clock Company, Hermle Clocks and Ridgeway Clocks.