Category Archives: Grandfather Clocks

Enfield Boardroom Clock. 1930’s (I think.)

I have researched this Enfield Boardroom Clock extensively and have not been able to come up with very much information on it.

Enfield Boardroom Clock.

Enfield Boardroom Clock.

Enfield was purchased by Smiths; this is well documented. boardroommovementHowever, I have never been able to find out exactly when the name ‘Enfield’ stopped appearing on clocks and ‘Smith Enfield’ was used.

I have not seen another like it. If anyone reading this can enlighten me further I would appreciate the input. I have done very little to this clock other than strip down the movement and clean it.

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Morbier Grandfather clock

This Morbier grandfather clock is one of my favorites.

A French Morbier Grandfather clock

A French Morbier Grandfather clock

Morbier Comtoise

I always wanted a Morbier clock in my collection. However, the cases that I saw on most Morbiers were so deteriorated that they were unreasonable. The solution was clear to me when I came upon this Dutch made clock.

Dutch Made

This clock was made in Holland by a small company that manufactures handmade Morbier clocks. This one is not old…..Vintage at best. This was the perfect solution for me. I have a vintage clock with a solid oak case. The real appeal to me is the movement. It is like a miniature ‘tower clock’ movement,  over-engineered and as accurate as my jewelers regulator….I love it!

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Herschade Tall Case Clock 1913

This Herschade tall case clock dates from 1913.

Herschade Tall Case Clock

This is an eight-day, two-weight movement. It has a Westminster chime on 5 tubes, a second hand, and a moon phase.

Pride of the Collection

This is by far the finest Long Case clock I have in my collection. The high quality movement is most interesting in that it has time, strike, and Westminster Chime on a two (2!!) weight movement!

Strike and Chime

The strike and chime works from a single revolving drum. On the hour the pin drum revolves and tips the strike hammers to chime out a Westminster pattern on the 5 tubes. After this sequence is completed, the pin drum shifts over laterally to engage a second set of pins that tip a single strike hammer to sound the hour count….Very ingenious!

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Why is it Called a Grandfather Clock? It All Began With a Song

Why is it called a grandfather clock?Why is it called a Grandfather Clock?

No doubt you’ve asked yourself this a time or two: why is it called a grandfather clock?

We, frankly, are a bit disappointed by the origins of the moniker, but it seems to be rather well established.

It Began With a Song

It is generally believed that a long case clock became a grandfather clock following the popularity of a song you may have heard: “My Grandfather’s Clock.” Written by Henry Work in the late 19th century about a striking (pun-intended) clock he encountered in the lobby of a hotel in Yorkshire, the tune was extremely popular.

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Morbier movement – A Modern Dutch Classic

One of my favorite clocks is a modern Morbier. I love the Morbier movement. I first featured it in this entry:  http://duetime.wordpress.com/morbier-grandfather-clock/.  This newer movement is practically identical in design to the early Morbiers. This simple clock is a design classic in my opinion. I think of it as the VW of clocks, a clock for the people.

This clock was made in Holland by a small company that manufactures handmade Morbier clocks. This one is not old…..Vintage at best. This was the perfect solution for me. I have a vintage clock with a solid oak case. The real appeal to me is the movement. It is like a miniature ‘tower clock’ movement,  over-engineered and as accurate as my jewelers regulator….I love it!

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Comtoise Morbier

Comtoise Morbier marriageThis Comtoise Morbier clock is obviously a marriage of case and movement. Neither are old . . . vintage at best.  The case is exceptional, heavily carved oak with panel sides. It’s over seven feet tall and looks very grand.

Comtoise Morbier marriageThe movement is an authentic French handmade Comtoise Morbier. Unusual in that one has the option of bell or gong strike combinations  and night time silent option. I was able to find the manufacturer of this movement, still in business today:

http://www.cupillard.com/page1.htm

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English Granddaughter clock. A British Trend in the 1930s and 40s.

English Granddaughter clock

I have seen many clocks like this English Granddaughter clock at auctions, all from the UK. They all seem to be similar in design.

These are my least favorite style of clock! For the most part, the movements are average. They seemed to have been a trend in the UK throughout the 1930’s & 40’s.

Spring Wound Long Case?
English Granddaughter clock

Photo of movement similar to those found in mantle clocks such as Smith Enfield.

I have a preference for ‘functionality’ with clocks that I collect. The whole point of the ‘long-case’ clock was to accommodate the weights that slowly descend to the floor.

These clocks are generally fitted with spring movements similar if not exactly the same as those in mantle clocks! No weights and short pendulums.

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French Grandfather Clock. Westminster chime. Vintage. Massive movement.

French grandfather clockIn terms of age this is my French grandfather clock is my least-old specimen …Vintage at best!

Eight day Westminster chime, chain driven movement. The cabinet work is very good compared to some other ‘modern’ clocks. This example was made in France. As you can see, there is some good quality carving on the case. The chimes on this clock also sound extremely good. Massive movement.

More Interesting French Grandfather Clock

French grandfather clockYou may find our other grandfather clocks more interesting.

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Grandfather or Long Case

If you are interested in how the grandfather clock got its name, check out our post about it here. Believe it or not, it all started with a pop song.

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French Morbier Comtoise Grandfather Clock. ca 1850/60. (movement and face only)

This Morbier Comtoise Grandfather Clock is obviously a marriage of an original Comtoise Morbier movement and a newer hand crafted case. I purchased this clock mainly for the case. Which is exceptionally well crafted.  It appears to be a handmade case of the highest quality.Morbier Comtoise Grandfather Clock

The movement was fitted with a single bob pendulum that was also fashioned specifically for this case.

When I inspected the movement I noticed upon attempting to wind the clock that the winding arbor on the time train side would spin without engaging the ratchet wheel and the weight would not raise.

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Tall Case Clock Endless Chain Movement

This is an unusual 8-day endless chain tall case clock.

Tall case

Unusual in that most endless chain / rope clocks are 30 hour movements.

Mary movementThe movement looks to have been handmade and not manufactured professionally. The construction is similar to a Morbier movement except, in this case, both time and strike trains are lined up one behind the other. This enables them each to use the same chain to power both trains. As such, there is only one weight used on one continuous chain.

The clock’s case is exceptionally robust, made of solid oak and weighs as much as it looks.

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