Grandfather clocks evolved from wall clocks, as a response to astronomers need for more accurate clock in the 1500s. The grandfather clock had a face with a longer pendulum and weights enveloped in a wooden case, The clocks were thin and tall.
After several years, the grandfather clock had made many adjustments, making them less astronomers-specialized. Today, the antique clocks are enclosed in long cases allowing them to stand on the floor on their own. Because of these long cases, the clocks were called floor clocks.
The enhancements of floor clocks continue to evolve. In our time, only the modern versions of refined pendulum clocks are seen available. Howard Miller is among the famous manufacturers of grandfather clocks.
Howard Miller designed the famous President Kennedy limited edition. Its time-telling authenticity can be traced on its clock, which is certified with a number that is shown on its clock face. With its Roman architectural design, the Kennedy grandfather clock makes an exciting family possession.
Another of Miller creation is Satinwood. It is simple and contemporary design with its delicate nickel accents and a curved glass top, which allow viewers to see the inside motion. Its dial is also nickel-finished with bezel, markers and hands.
Hentschel is among the leading manufacturers of grandfather floor clocks. Chinook is famous with its arched split pediment and turned finial. In the evening, this clock shuts off its chime cable-wound movement. Its dial is moon-phased with lunar arch and raised numbers on time ring.
Hentschels Thornbury clock has stunning scalloped beveled 3-piece glass.
One of its distinct features is the floating dial with Roman numerals in raised brass. Its chime options include Westminster, St. Michael and Whittington. And it features auto night shut off on its triple-chime cable wound movement.
Slighs creations are mostly retired. However, they continue to grace the households and offices in America, Europe and Asia. Brookefield features applied Arabic numerals as well as midnight blue moon disc. Its reeded front columns are three-piece.
Shelbourne grandfather clock by Bulova is very famous. Its exquisite bomb-shaped four-tiered base design includes hand-carved feet and center ornamentation. It also has applied Arabic numerals and midnight blue moon disc.
Colchester grandfather floor clock, also by Bulova, features antique finish, birds eye maple veneers, and decorative V-grooves border design on front glass door. Its pilasters are fluted and beaded.
Another Bulova masterpiece is Hallmark, highlighted by its delicate carved base molding. Its unique brass plated moon dial heeds the rhythms of a shiny, brass-polished pendulum and weight shells.
Harley Davidson is a recipient of Bulova. Harley Davidson grandfather clocks have black dials featuring satin silver-finish Roman numerals, which have silver bar and shield logo. They also have satin silver-finish bezel.
It has 8-day cable movement that adjusts by itself, triple-chime movement with Westminster, Whittington and St. Michael. From 10:00 in the evening to 7:00, it automatically shuts off its chimes.
The Parliament grandfather clocks of Bulova have 16 hammers, cable-wound triple chimes, and large diameter Corinthian fluted columns on their fronts. They have a three-tiered lower base and beveled glass door on their front.