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Why are grandfather clocks called that ?

How did these magnificent timepieces come to be called 'grandfather clocks' ?


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Comment icon #5 Posted by and then on 10 March, 2018, 16:12
THIS is the Grandfather Clock I grew up with    
Comment icon #6 Posted by Susanc241 on 10 March, 2018, 16:25
Not aware of anyone in our family owning a grandfather clock in years gone by, though an antique one has been bought by a relative fairly recently.  I find it sad and hard to fathom when I see people on antique shows here in U.K. like Flog It who sell off items that belonged to ancestors, sometimes even grandparents or great grandparents they knew personally.  I find myself unable to dispose of such items unless they have been passed down to my children or grandchildren.  What they do with them I try not to think about, any more than I can bear to think about what will happen to these family h... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then on 10 March, 2018, 19:05
Once we forget who we are and where we came from, it's difficult to understand where we're going or why we'd want to get there.  Life is aimless enough without digging up our own roots and casting them to the winds.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DingoLingo on 5 April, 2018, 19:02
I own my great grandfathers mantle clock.. its over 100 years old now.. it does not work.. will get it fixed one day.. just trying to find a watch maker that will actually rebuild the mechanism.. these days most of them just throw out the old mechanism and put in a battery operated one..  When I finally settle down in one spot.. I will buy a actual Grandfather Clock.. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by rashore on 6 April, 2018, 15:17
I have a 1931 General Electric Modern Longfellow H-91 clock-radio. Got it when I was 11 years old or so- when mom was buying the house were were going to move into, we went to the estate sale being held in the house, and were able to pick out a piece or two of furniture. I opted for the clock. The clock used to work, but I haven't plugged it in in at least 20 years so I don't know if it still does. The radio never worked, and I've never bothered trying to find someone to restore the old style radio bulbs and such.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney on 6 April, 2018, 15:31
I had one of those "Topper" (Hopalong Cassidy's horse) clocks made from bronze from the 1950's I never plugged it in I just kept it with my antique and vintage cowboy toys.   They sell those tubes online now. If you have the numbers off them you can find them. They just plug in the base plate.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 7 April, 2018, 20:55
Susan you will understand then one time I was on Ebay, where I sold off antique books for a while as a hobby and to help a friend get rid of a bunch of them. I was a collector of cook books myself, being an avid cook, and actually have over 300 right now after downsizing LOL. But, anyway, I was looking about and came across a very old beaten up Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, you know the old red and white checked cover one. The binder was worn out and split, it was full of cut out added recipes from over a lifetime. This was a cookbook which had raised a family, worked very hard. At auctio... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Susanc241 on 9 April, 2018, 7:28
It’s a bit off topic (not clocks) but I have inherited a tiny hand made stool which my great great grandfather made in about 1870. It is what would be described as crudely made, probably from offcuts but I treasure it. On another occasion way back when I was 12, my great grandmother died and I found out later that some of her children (she had 17 and 11 survived to adulthood) had emptied her drawers and cupboards of old photos and papers and what have you and had had a bonfire in the garden.  I could still cry at the thought of what has been lost, the information in that paperwork, the faces i... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Kismit on 9 April, 2018, 7:41
I have a spooky story about a grandfather clock, When I was younger I had a birthday sleep over at a friends house. It was Halloween. Not something we celebrated in 1982 in Australia, but my friends where American. I don't know if the parents were messing with us or not but I woke up theough the night and the clock struck 3, I woke up later again and the clock struck 1.  I was awake for the full ring both times. It has bugged me for a long time.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons on 9 April, 2018, 20:28
I love Grandfather clock's mostly because of this song    

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