Antique Furnishings

Clocks – should be in the Top 20 of Inventions?


I thought Clocks might have featured in the top 20 scientific inventions in the world but no they do not and I have no idea why not – maybe it’s because they are just so obvious and so ingrained into our lives that they have been missed out and overlooked. Or maybe it’s no-one knows who made the first one – I mean if a washing machine can occupy number 13 spot then I ask you!!

The intricacy of a watch, clock, chronometer or whatever timepiece (in England there were even Train chronometers back in the old days as England had different time zones throughout and it was important that puffing billy could synchronous time when going from say Dover to Manchester) is often best seen and described on the Antique Road Show which attests to the British fascination with Clocks.

Clocks can be works of Art as much as being essential to make sure we know when our Doctor appointment is – some of the greatest that are encapsulated in Towers or big buildings are the likes of Big Ben (1858), The Astronomical Clock in Prague (1410), the Saviour clock Tower in Moscow (1652), The Rajabai Clock Tower Mumbai India (1878), the Peace Tower in Canada, Munich, Bern, Wellington Railway station and yeah even America has a goodie and biggie in Philadelphia so they are a world-wide phenomenon and deservedly so.

The types and uses are quite phenomenal and captured over the last 500 years fills many pages – if we could include the initial Sundial as a clock then speed through to the Rolex’s of today that would take some reading and writing.

So in support of Clocks and more particularly Antique and Vintage clocks I have shown a few types here. An Antique English mantel clock, a USA punch factory clock , an Art Deco clock and a Carriage clock.