Vintage Clocks

Vintage Clocks

Vintage and Antique Clocks

Welcome to my vintage and antique clocks shop. Here you can find clock treasures for years of enjoyment.
Below is some of the vintage clocks you may find in this site.
Vintage and antique clocks that we offer are Grandfather clocks, wall clocks, mantel clocks, black forest cuckoo clocks and vintage alarm clocks.
You may also want to use the search feature above right to search the database for that certain vintage clock your in search of. This site is updated daily with rare vintage antique clocks.

antique wall clock

Antique Wall Clocks

Old brass faced wall clocks were designed to look like sundials. It took master craftsmen months to finish and only the rich were able to afford them.

vintage cuckoo clocks

Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks

When it comes to Vintage Cuckoo clocks, Germany knows there stuff. The Cuckoo clock was invented in the Black Forest of Germany in 1737. The call of the cuckoo and the clocks movement are maintained to this day.

vintage mantel clocks

Antique Mantel Clocks

Mantel clocks received the name mantel do to almost all dwellings had a fireplace and most had more than one. Mantel clocks were designed to be a center piece on the fireplace mantel.

grandfather clocks

Antique Grandfather Clocks
In 1582 Galileo Galilei discovered that you could use a pendulum to keep time. He studied pendulum clocks, and drew the first designs for a grandfather clock. In 1656 Christiaan Huygens applied what Galileo had discovered and built the first working grandfather clock.
The first grandfather clocks did not keep time well. An early grandfather clock could lose as much as ten minutes a day. In 1670 William Clement noticed that by making the pendulum in a clock longer he could make the clock keep better time. His longer pendulums required longer cases. The new clocks were called long case clocks, later renamed to grandfather clocks.

An early prototype of the alarm clock was invented by the Greeks around 250 BC. The Greeks built a water clock where the raising waters would both keep time and eventually hit a mechanical bird that triggered an alarming whistle.

The first mechanical alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, in 1787. However, the ringing bell alarm on his clock could ring only at 4 am. On October 24, 1876 a mechanical wind-up alarm clock that could be set for any time was patented (#183,725) by Seth E Thomas.