A grandfather clock or its official name the Longcase clock is a tall, freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock, with the pendulum held inside the tower or waist of the case. It is also known as a longcase clock or floor clock. The clock’s pendulum swings back and forth in a precise rhythm, powered by the clock’s weights, which are suspended from cables or chains.
The weights are wound up by pulling on chains or cords, which raises the weights to the top of the clock. As the weights descend, they power the clock’s gears, which move the hands of the clock. Grandfather clocks are often ornate and decorative, with intricate carvings and designs. They are typically made of wood, and can range in height from 6 to 8 feet. Grandfather clocks have been around since the late 1600s, and are still popular today. They are often passed down through families as heirlooms.