Vintage & Antique Floor Case & Grandfather Clocks Auctions

Renowned for their precision and impeccable accuracy, Grandfather clocks or Longcase clocks have borne out of technological breakthroughs in horology in the late 1650s with the invention of pendulum clocks. These timekeeping devices were popular from the 17th up until the 20th century due to their frictionless time-keeping as a result of reduced swing and improved accuracy using the anchor mechanism. The original grandfather clocks had a traditional architectural design, but over time, a number of designs have gained prominence. They were not only effective timers but added a new dimension to stylish decoration. Many of these clocks have a tiny oval belly section where the pendulum oscillates along with a window. A good and varied selection of vintage and antique floor clocks, banjo clocks, tall clocks  and grandfather clocks are featured at Bidsquare’s grandfather clocks auction that encompasses a wide range of timepieces dating from the 17th century to the present day. 

These modern inventions are an amalgamation of science and exquisite artistry and are available in a variety of styles. The French "Comtoise clock," is characterized by curved lines and features a "pot-bellied" appearance. Another sought-after piece is the “Bornholm clock”, which originated in Denmark that featured a squarish head with a crown, a pointed decoration, as well as a window on either side to watch its movement. A "pinch waist" clock is another example of a vintage grandfather clock design. It has a body/middle segment that is shorter than the head and foot portions.

Longcase clocks remain a popular collecting area at Bidsquare’s vintage and antique floor, case, and grandfather clocks on sale and are designed by celebrated artists and makers such as George Graham, the Knibb family, Timothy Mason, Alker of Wigan, and Ahasuerus Fromanteel. Look through our selection of modern Grandfather clocks, Howard Miller Grandfather clocks, and antique German Grandfather clocks that are still coveted today for their beauty and the history surrounding them, and can still break records at the watch auction room.

Quick Facts about Grandfather clocks

  • Grandfather clock got its name after the 1876 song “My Grandfather’s Clock” by Henry Clay Work.
  • Collecting the relatively few surviving Grandfather clocks that first appeared in the mid 17th Century remains the preserve of the seriously wealthy.
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  • French Provincial Carved Pine Tallcase Clock, 19th c., the stepped edge crown over a repousse religious motif brass face above an enamel dial painted
    Estimate
    $250 - $450

    French Provincial Carved Pine Tallcase Clock, 19th c., ...

    Est.
    $250 - $450
    Crescent City Auction Galle...
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    Starting Bid
    $150
  • A French Norman Saint Nicolas oak longcase clock
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200

    A French Norman Saint Nicolas oak longcase clock

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    $800 - $1,200
    John Moran Auctioneers
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    $400
  • A Gothic-style tall case clock
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    $2,000 - $3,000

    A Gothic-style tall case clock

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    $2,000 - $3,000
    John Moran Auctioneers
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    Starting Bid
    $1,500
  • Robert D Guthrie Chester County, PA Tall Case Clock
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,400

    Robert D Guthrie Chester County, PA Tall Case Clock

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    $800 - $1,400
    Concept Gallery
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    $450
  • RELOJ GRANDFATHER   FRANCIA , SIGLO XIX Estilo NAPOLEÓN III. Decoración tipo BOULLE   Elaborado en madera laqueada. 200 cm de alto
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    MXN$35,000 - MXN$45,000 $1,751 - $2,251

    RELOJ GRANDFATHER FRANCIA , SIGLO XIX Estilo NAPOLEÓN...

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    MXN$35,000 - MXN$45,000 $1,751 - $2,251
    Morton Subastas
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    Starting Bid
    MXN$30,000$1,501
  • Arts and Crafts Oak Tall Case Clock, ca. 1910
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    Arts and Crafts Oak Tall Case Clock, ca. 1910

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    $200 - $400
    Auctions at Showplace
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    Starting Bid
    $100
  • 19th Century Scottish Tall Case Mahogany Clock
    Estimate
    $600 - $900

    19th Century Scottish Tall Case Mahogany Clock

    Est.
    $600 - $900
    Concept Gallery
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    Starting Bid
    $375
  • Austrian Late Neoclassical Mahogany Long Case Clock, Vienna
    Estimate
    $1,500 - $3,000

    Austrian Late Neoclassical Mahogany Long Case Clock, Vi...

    Est.
    $1,500 - $3,000
    STAIR GALLERIES
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    Starting Bid
    $750