There are a lot of people who are into collecting items, especially if they are antique and valuable. However, nothing tells tales as old as time as antique wall clocks. It can be fascinating to learn how telling time has evolved since the first development of wall clocks in 1291. Of course, wall clocks for home have only begun their trek to households in England in the early 1600’s.
The History of Antique Wall Clocks
We all know that people told time through the help of the sun and the shadows casted through it. Although, sundials are pretty much recognized and owned by some people in this modern time, you have to admit owning one and putting it inside the house is particularly impractical and useless.
Fortunately, glassmakers from Vienna began fashioning clocks or known today as antique wall clocks in beautiful round shapes to mimic the face of the sun and perhaps as homage to it as well. Furthermore, as society became more and more fashionable and inventive, these clocks have been shaped and reshaped; powered and tweaked in many different ways.
The first wall clock and probably the most antique of all wall clocks is the Lantern clock. Particularly named for its telltale shape, the Lantern hung on the wall like a lamp used in old times with weights hanging underneath it usually tied with a rope or a chain. This type of clock usually had lesser time duration which amount to something less than 12 hours and definitely needed to be reset. Plus, if you wanted to tell time through the Lantern clock, you only have hour hands to use.
Eventually, people managed to create clocks that could run for more than 30 hours without having to be reset and they also added the minute hand for a highly specific time telling machine. Still, these types of clocks were not accurate until the pendulum was developed in 1670. Unfortunately, with the popular rise and efficiency of the pendulums, Lantern clocks have ceased to be popular and in came the longcases or grandfather clocks.
Still, wall clocks have taken homes by storm especially in the reign of Victoria. Mass production of these clocks have actually lowered their standards in terms of quality and according to some experts, people looking to own an antique one have little variety to choose from; that is if one is looking for a collector’s item type of wall clock. Most experts would recommend finding “fusee” dial clocks that were made with high standards by English clock makers.
Truly, telling time has been a constant challenge for mankind until people developed the Pendulum, quartz powered clocks and mechanical ones. People before relied on sandglasses and candles. Time had been told inaccurately. It is a marvel at how people have changed how we all tell time through inventions and ingenuity.
Now, there are hundreds of different clocks, watches, alarm clocks, digital clocks, mantel and wall clocks to choose from. This only makes owning antique wall clocks even more special!