Collectible Mantel Clocks Enhance Any Décor

A beautiful mantel over a warm fire is usually the center of a comfortable décor – especially during this time of year as we prepare for the coming holidays. A collectible mantel clock can make this décor very special. A collectible mantel clock can be special because it is old, richly crafted or distinctive in some way.

There are many different types of clocks available for the professional or amateur decorator. Some of these are available while on faraway excursions or from a vast collection available on the internet. The source of these clocks is not as important as the look of the collectible mantel clock. Continue reading

Timekeeping 101

Louxor Obelisk, Paris - March 19, 2005 (cropped and slightly rotated) Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux in Wikipediaor…How Humans Kept Time – a history

Most animal keeps some sort of schedule, albeit a very basic one. Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and hunt and play during the night while diurnal creatures sleep during the night (like humans for example). However, the history of clocks began once humans created civilizations – thousands of years ago. Their desire for order required more punctuality than biology allowed.

THE SUN – one of the oldest tools for keeping time

The history of clocks stretches back many millennia. Ancient people used the sun as early as 5500 years ago. Egyptians built obelisks as a sort of giant sundial, and the shadows that it created under the sun’s glare allowed users to read time.

By about 800 A.D., the first mechanical clocks began to appear with new innovations being introduced to make these clocks more accurate. If truth be told, the sundials and water clocks were more accurate than the early mechanical clocks Continue reading

The Tick-Tock Sounds of Pendulum Clocks

Gear of pendulum clockPendulum clocks are some of the earliest and most accurate time pieces ever developed. Many major obstacles had to be overcome before the Pendulum clocks became useful, hundreds of years ago. That famous tick-tock sound goes back to the days of pendulum clocks maintaining time in an old grandfather clock, or tall-case clock as they are known, which supplied power to the clock’s movement before the use of electricity and batteries, and after the time that water was used to drive clocks. Continue reading

Origins of Grandfather Clocks

Grandfather Clock courtesty of Wikipedia.orgIt was in the 1600s when the pendulum clock was invented by Christiaan Huygens. His invention of the pendulum clock, patented in 1657, was a breakthrough in timekeeping. However, the pendulum clock was still considered inaccurate.

Such was the British Parliament’s yearning for a clock that could accurately tell the time, that a cash reward awaited anyone who could create a clock that could be used even for navigation. Finally, the accurate clock was invented and humans were once again able to navigate and work knowing that their clocks were telling them the right time.

One of the clocks that have become famous is the grandfather clock. This clock is known for being a work of art in itself, enclosed in a tower case and has a long pendulum. Remember that in the olden days, the longer the pendulum of the clock was – the more accurate the time. Grandfather clocks usually measured a minimum of six feet tall, and the tower made of hardwood and glass. Continue reading