How Much Does a Grandfather Clock Cost?
Grandfather clocks, also known as a longcase clock, are tall freestanding clocks that are weight driven by a pendulum. They were created in 1670 by William Clement, a clockmaker from England. They normally stand between six to eight feet tall and typically have a wooden frame. Most grandfather clocks will chime to notify you of every passing hour and partially chime every 15 minutes. This type of clock was not originally called a grandfather clock, but it became known as one because of an 1876 song by Henry Clay Work titled “My Grandfather’s Clock.”
How much is it?
- There is still some prestige attached to grandfather clocks, especially older ones with great craftsmanship and an expensive wood finishing. The prices reflect that sentiment.
- On average, you can find newer mass-produced grandfather clocks anywhere from $80 to $1,000.
- If you are looking for an antique grandfather clock from the 1600s to 1800s, be prepared to spend anywhere from $4,500 to $40,000 for an antique grandfather clock. On average, the cost of a grandfather clock will depend on the age, condition, the brand, condition and if any special characteristics are attached to it.
- For example, this beautiful cherry clock retails for $250 to $500 on Amazon.
- FamilyLeisure.com offers a handful of grandfather clocks that retail anywhere from $1,100 to as much as $4,400.
What is going to be included?
- Traditionally, these clocks are made with two types of movements: eight-day and 30-hour. Clocks with an eight-day movement will require a winding at least once a week. A 30-hour clock will have a single weight that drives the timekeeping and striking mechanisms. Most modern day clocks will have eight-day movements.
- At the top of each hour, a full chime will sound, followed by the hour strike.
- Grandfather clocks generally come alone, but some companies might include polish for the wood and brass.
What are the extra costs?
- A grandfather clock is too big to fit in a regular car, so you will most likely have to get the store you purchased it from to deliver, or you will have to rent a truck if you do not want to pay delivery fees. The problem with renting a truck is that you still have to load and unload the clock so you are probably better off just paying for delivery. The shipping fees will vary on the seller.
- Getting an antique clock appraised can cost well into the hundreds depending on what needs to be analyzed. If you have an antique grandfather clock or there is one being passed down through your family, you should highly consider getting it appraised so you know what it is worth.
Tips to know:
- If you bought an old grandfather clock, it will chime quite often, which may get annoying unless you live in a mansion. You can turn the chiming off on newer models when you want to go to bed so you do not have to wake up every 15 minutes.
- If you own a grandfather clock and want to know what it is worth, Antiqueclockspriceguide.com has more than 20,000 photos and descriptions. However, this will just give you an idea. If you are trying to sell and need an official document showing its worth, you will have to pay to get it appraised.
- If buying used, always make sure that the grandfather clock comes with some sort of guarantee.
- Make sure that the grandfather clock is placed on a level floor. If the surface is not level, it can throw off the mechanism inside the clock and cause permanent damage. Because grandfather clocks are so heavy, they should be secured to the wall as well.
- Choose a location for the clock that is away the fireplace, heat/air vents, or any other source of temperature extremes. Constant changes in temperature can cause the wood to expand or contract, which can, in turn, lead to the balance of the clock being undone.
- Make sure that you wind the clock regularly, even if it doesn’t necessarily need it. Winding the clock only takes a few minutes and can ensure that it runs properly and keep accurate time.
How can I save money?
- If you are on a budget, you should buy one of the cheaper grandfather clocks for sale; there is no point in spending over $40,000 on a clock unless you have that kind of money to spend. You can also save a little money by asking a friend that has a truck to help you pick it up, which saves you from paying delivery charges or renting a truck.
- You can also check out the classified ads for people trying to sell their grandfather clocks or giving it away. They might not even know the value of it, and you can end up with a really good deal.