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eBay affiliate and we are delighted to bring together for you an extensive range of vintage clocks available on
eBay along with some unbeatable savings. Antique clocks aren't just a
great investment and decorative item for the home. Each one is a piece of history, be it the full scale
grandfather or understated wall clock, each has its own story to tell. Retro clocks are a stylish and elegant
addition to any home, adding a touch of individuality to your living quarters.
Some of these clocks boast
unbelievable craftsmanship and attention to detail, sadly lacking from today's off the shelf, mass produced
pieces. There is a clock to suit every home - from the grand Victorian timepiece for the traditional home, to
the sleek Art Deco wall clock for the modern pad. Some models feature chimes, and of course there is the famous
cuckoo clock, some just emit a soothing tick-tock and some make no sound at all.
Antique clocks and retro clocks makes
an unforgettable gift for a loved one and a superb wedding present to be cherished for years to come. For those
short on space, there are many desk and mantle clocks on the market - the perfect compliment to any room.
Whether you're into shabby chic, the flamboyance of Regency pieces or the subtle understatement of chrome,
there's a vintage clock to suit all needs and tastes.
Choosing a Vintage
There is an unimaginable range of vintage clocks on the market and, indeed, something
to suit every home no matter your stylistic preference or taste. Here we will run through the basic clock styles to
help you pick out the right clock for you.
Kitchen clocks grew popular in the Victorian era
and still grace the wall of most homes today. These clocks tended to be of more basic design and were popular
amongst the upper, middle and working classes alike. Their understated style makes them the perfect adornment to
the modern kitchen area. Kitchen clocks provide not only a decorative element, but serve a useful purpose in
gauging cooking times and getting the children ready for school on time.
Carriage clocks first became popular in the early
1800s in Austria. The design was seized upon by the French and became extremely fashionable across Europe from
the mid 1800s onwards. These clocks are designed for travelling, hence the name, and kept good time for their
owners despite the jars and jolts aboard the carriage owing to the fact that they are spring driven.
Unlike kitchen clocks, antique carriage clocks
were the remit of the well to do, or upper middle classes at least. They were not only functional, but highly
decorative and flamboyant – an expression of wealth and social status. Some of the rarest examples from top
clockmakers fetch hundreds and thousands of pounds today. On the whole, however, carriage clocks are reasonably
inexpensive compared to some of their grander scaled cousins. Because of their affordability and convenient
size, these clocks have always been popular with collectors.
Some carriage clocks feature melodic chimes to ring in the hours whilst some are
completely silent. More opulent versions, such as the Regency pieces, can be very ornate and are often gilded and
inlaid with gemstones.
Nothing sets a fireplace off quite like a mantel
clock. In fact, just like carriage clocks, mantel clocks look great anywhere in the home, making a functional
and attractive addition to any study. For centuries, the mantel clock has been one of the most popular styles of
clock, and because of their affordability and practicality, as well as for aesthetic value, were popular amongst
the upper, middle and working classes alike.
Mantle clocks originate from France in the mid
1700s. Their popularity quickly dispersed across Britain and Europe where they remain popular to this day. Of
course, the Regency versions are nonotoriously ornate - a highly decorate display of the family's status and
wealth. Some later versions are more understated, making the perfect focal point to any modern
Vintage Wall Clocks
Wall clocks have been one of the most common types of clock for centuries. From
residential houses to manor houses to public houses, the wall clock has adorned them all. Wall clocks remain to
this day practical timepieces which come in a huge variety of sizes and styles, from the stately pendulum clock to
the barometer clock; the sleek Art Deco versions to quirky cuckoo clocks, there's something for everyone. Retro
wall clocks are very popular today, as are vintage advertising clocks - a touch of nostalgia worthy of any hall or
landing, not to mention a wonderful talking point and, indeed, a piece of history.
Longcase clocks come in three different guises:
the grandfather, the grandmother and the (smallest) granddaughter. These clocks were once the remit of the well
to do family, featuring substantial rectangular cases made from beautiful ebony, mahogany, maple and oak;
latterly pine and fruit wood and still more recently, Bakelite. These are treasured family heirlooms passed from
generation to generation and can be extremely valuable.
We tend to think of alarm clocks today as the
digital plug in with the awful, blaring whine, but actually alarm clocks have been around for centuries in
various forms. In fact, the alarm clock actually came into being in the early 1600s. Vintage alarm clocks are
rare and thus highly collectible and greatly sought after.
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