Grandfather clocks have a clock face, with pendulum and weights enclosed in a thin, tall and freestanding wooden case. They evolved from wall clocks when the astronomers in the 1500s needed more accurate clocks. So, the astronomers made the pendulums longer.
After several years, the grandfather clock had made many adjustments, making them less astronomer's-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.
Its limited edition of President Kennedy continues to grace many households and high-end corporate offices. Its authenticity is proved by each clock certified with a number, which is seen on its face. Its design is influenced by Roman architectural and makes an excellent family heirloom.
Satinwood by Howard Miller is simple. But its shape is contemporary with delicate nickel accents and a curved glass top enabling you to have a view on the interior movements. The nickel accents are also evident on its dial in the form of nickel-finished bezel, hands and markers.
Hentschel is also a famous manufacturer of antique clocks. Its Chinook grandfather clock has arched split pediment with turned finial. It has automatic night shut-off and triple chime cable wound movement. The dial is moon-phased and with raised numbers on time ring and lunar arch.
Hentschel's 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.
Brookfield floor clock by Sligh is among the retired clock by its manufacturers. But even when it is retired, it's still famous with its applied Arabic numerals and midnight blue moon disc. It features three-piece reeded front columns that include decorative turned top and bottom column caps.
Bulova is also a very famous watch specialist. Shelbourne has an exquisite base design resembling bombs on four tiers. It has feet and center ornamentation that is carved by hands. Besides from having a midnight blue moon disc, it also displays applied Arabic numerals.
Colchester grandfather clocks, also designed by Bulova, have an artistic V-grooves border design on their front door featuring a glass cover. Their bird's eye maple veneers and pilasters are truly outstanding.
Bulova's Hallmark is emphasized with delicately carved base molding. Its dial is moon-phased plated with brass. The dial obeys the rhythms of the pendulum and weight shells, both of which are finished with brass.
Bulova designed grandfather clocks for Harley Davidson. The clocks has black dials with satin silver-finish Roman numerals with a silver bar and shield logo. They too have satin silver for the finishing of 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.
Bulova also designed the Parliament grandfather clocks. They feature 16 hammers, large diameter in Corinthian style. Its fluted columns on their fronts and cable-wound triple chime set them apart from the rest.