Vintage and Antique ClocksWelcome 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.
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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.
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.
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.