The most commonly recognized form of antique clock is typically referred to as a Grandfather clock. Known among collectors as "tall case clocks" or "tall clocks", these early American antique clocks range in size, but are normally around eight feet tall.
Considered a luxury item at their time of manufacture, antique grandfather clocks feature cases which are often constructed of vibrant, high quality hardwoods and can feature elaborate inlays, carving and paint decorations.
The American antique grandfather clock was produced in all of the original states and appears with great regional variety. The form began to dwindle in popularity by the 1830's, and was replaced by less expensive manufactured examples. Antique grandfather clocks can be found by hundreds of different early American clock makers. Despite their age, a properly maintained antique grandfather clock keeps surprisingly good time. Read more on Gary Sullivan's site Early American Clock Styles