Elegant Grandfather Clocks

antique french grandfather clocks

Grandfather clocks are complex in design. The pendulum within it’s encasement swings sideways, a movement that causes the suspended weights to drop. The force of the weights pilot the clock’s movement, and the anchor attached to the pendulum turns an interior gear, resulting in a ticking clock. Grandfather clocks must be wound one time a week, which is easily done by pulling on the chain or cable pulleys attached to the hanging weights. Grandfather clocks are known to keep time within one minute accuracy each month. Some grandfather clocks can be silenced at nighttime to avoid sound disturbances.┬áToday’s grandfather clocks rely on a pendulum attached to an anchor. The swinging pendulum causes the anchor to turn a gear, which in turn causes the clock to tick. A pair of weights further helps power the clock and keeps it from losing time. Although the technology has evolved over the years, the grandfather clocks of today still reflect the ingenuity of human’s earliest ancestors.

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