Antique clocks since long have made their way into the living rooms of many homes. These clocks have a very rustic and erstwhile appeal. These clocks gained more popularity in England and from there traveled to all other places including some eastern countries. There are numerous types, sizes, metals, styles and patterns in which these clocks are available. The types of these antique clocks are as follows;
Lantern clock is a wall clock and is shaped like a lantern. It is generally made of brass. These clocks originated in the 17th century Europe and found its place in France and England. Since then they have dominated the antique clock world. The other names used for these clocks are Cromwellian clock, Bed post clock or Sheep head clock. These domestic clocks originated during the time when people were solely dependent upon local churches or priests to tell time. The other aspects that adorned these clocks were decorative dials, engravings, fret work etc. These patterns and motifs of the clocks have greatly been influenced by the Renaissance period. Usually all lantern clocks have only 1 hand indicating the hour time. Ropes and doors were used to enhance the further movement of clocks.
Long case clocks are also known as tall case clocks, grand father clocks or floor clocks. These are free standing clocks with pendulums. The clocks generally have carvings which surround the front dial. These clocks have also originated in Europe and have gained popularity world wide. The grand father clock, grandmother clock and the grand daughter clock are the different types of the long case clocks. Each of them is different in length, specifications, design and configuration.
Water clock is also known as clepsydra. It is an antique clock which consists of a liquid that flows in and out of a container where it is measured. These are some of the oldest clocks and are believed to be originated in the 16th century Babylon and Egypt. The Greeks and Romans take the credit of improving the working of the water clock.
Sundials are the most ancient mechanisms of keeping time. It measures the time according to the movement of sun and subsequently its shadow. The clock needs to be designed with great precision so as to show accurate time. However these clocks had some limitations namely, that the clock was non functional during night hours which was a major reason for its abandonment. After these clocks were abandoned, modern clocks were invented. The sundials functioned until the advent of modern clocks.
Candle clocks or incense sticks are also the types of antique clocks. They burn at predictable speeds and thus time can be estimated.
Antique clocks had lost their charm after the invention of modern and digital clocks. However, in recent years, these clocks have gained a lot of popularity. People who want to connect themselves with the age old tradition of grandfather clocks tend to buy the antique clocks. People are reminded of the ancient and glorious past while buying such clocks. Hence today many people around the globe make special efforts to get hold of such valuable and priceless piece of art.