Have you been awed by the massive clock piece at the country home of your in laws at some point of time? Have you come across the huge clock with lots of detailing and a grand look about it ever? In all probability the grandfather clock must have been seen at least once in a lifetime. A grandfather clock has been an inseparable part of the culture of all western countries. It has been further immortalized by a popular song by Henry Work. A grandfather clock was initially termed as a long case clock. It is basically made from wood and has a massiveness surrounding it and this lends it a royal charm.
At present, a grandfather clock has more of an antique value. If one does not already have such a clock in the family, they choose to invest in buying one, simply for their appeal and looks. While choosing a grandfather clock, the first thing to consider is the budget. These clocks can run into a huge cost. Researching clock retailing websites as well as antique shops selling grandfather clocks are a good idea before settling on a purchase. Checking the condition of an old grandfather clock is essential before buying it.
Grandfather clocks come in a wooden framework. The wood may be oak, walnut, mahogany or even pine. These clocks are not a modern invention and therefore have two structures: the eight day and the thirty hour types. The former works on the basis of being wound up every eighth day. These types of grandfather clocks are more elaborately designed. The very concept of winding up gives the grandfather clock an old world feel. The latter variety comes with a little bit of modification. In these clocks, there is a chain for winding up the clock and not a key.
As the name makes clear, this clock needs winding up every thirty hours. These are bit light on the pocket too.
There are grandfather clocks which can be traced back to it maker and time of manufacture. Most clock dials or backs give the name of the manufacturer and the date. At least the famous makers would never forget to inscribe their signature or the date. Grandfather clocks can be bought from flea markets and auction houses as well. One must be very careful while choosing an antique grandfather clock since there are lots of clocks which are fakes but charged at high prices.