A grandfather clock is much more than a device for keeping time. It's a piece of art that brings beauty to your home and a piece of furniture that adds value. It's also entertaining in a way. Nothing announces the time like a grandfather clock. It can be like having your own set of cathedral bells in your home.
Grandfather clocks can represent a considerable expense, so you'll want to choose carefully. A grandfather clock can cost between $1,000 and $4,000 and range in height from 3 to 6 feet high. They can also be quite heavy which makes them difficult to move. And they have mechanisms inside that can be damaged if they are moved too roughly. So moving them may involve the expense of a professional who has the equipment, the manpower, and the know-how to transport such an item.
A traditional grandfather clock tends to me made out of dark wood. The wood will be intricately carved and provide lots of fascinating curls and crannies to look at or to explore with careful fingers. The face plate for the clock will be ornate as well, often made out of shiny brass or some other metal. The numbers on the face are often Roman numerals and even the hands of the clock are ornate. Below the face place is the heavy pendulum, swinging back and forth to mark the time.
The pendulum to a grandfather clock is usually clearly visible. That's part of the decorative and entertainment value of such a piece. You can watch the almost hypnotic effect of the pendulum swinging back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.... It can be very relaxing and it can give you the pleasant feeling that your whole world is in order and everything is going according to plan.
In addition to the pendulum and the face, the chimes of the clock are also often visible. These chimes tend to hang above the end of the pendulum, adding visual interest to the piece. One of the things to consider when purchasing a grandfather clock is what those chimes sound like. For starters, do you want them to play a tune every hour? If so, make sure you like the tune they choose to play. Do you want them sounding off every fifteen minutes or only on the hour? Finally, when they do sound off, what do they sound like? Do they make a clangy, tinny sound that isn't really that pleasant? Or do they make a nice, booming, deep, bell-like sound? Are they loud enough to be heard where you want them to be heard? Are they too loud?
For those with more contemporary tastes, there are non-traditional grandfather clocks to be had. For starters, you can get a grandfather clock in light wood instead of dark. Everything else can be the same, but just having light wood can really brighten up a room. You can dispense with the ornateness entirely and go for an Art Deco look to your grandfather clock. Sleek black tubing can curve up in an arch over the face of the clock. Or simple, uncarved wood can rise up, tapering slightly to make a tall, unpointed pyramid. There are lots of different styles to choose from.
You might also consider getting a grandfather clock that is incorporated into a curio cabinet. These allow you to display various of your other art objects along each side of the clock. Or if space is an issue, you can get a smaller grandfather clock of the sort that can be displayed on an end table or even a mantel.