Grandfather clock buyers, collectors, sellers, and all horology beginners to experts – here is a new one to think about. At least new for us and grandfather clocks. We had a grandfather clock customer who claimed to recently have conducted a study which concluded, with what scientific framework or methodological rigor we do not know, that buyers of grandfather clocks frequently gravitate to grandfather clocks that somehow look like them.
Now while we have occasionally seen some grandfather clocks buyers wearing bonnets atop their heads, we have yet to encounter a customer with a split pediment or swans neck. We have met some who might do well on American Idol were they to perform the major grandfather clocks chimes, such as the Westminster Chime, Whittington Chime, Shubert’s Ave Maria Chime or the wonderful Beethoven Ode to Joy Chime. But that sounds like, not looks like! Yet this study apparently claims that much like individuals frequently look like the dogs or cats they own, or some say come to look more like each other over time, they conclude the same can be true with grandfather clocks and their buyers. We were told that this was discussed over in merry old England, and while only anecdotal over there, that owners and family members do sometimes look like their longcase clocks or tallcase clocks, even when those clocks have been passed through generations as family heirlooms. We wonder, which came first — the grandfather clocks gene or the biological family genes passed on through the ages?
We requested pictures or photos of clocks and their owners, and even did some searching ourselves, and while we came up emoty, we were told that no one volunteered to be photographed to demonstrate this correlation, and sharing photos could get them in legal hot water or trouble.
Do you believe this? We personally have our doubts. But it is quite an interesting grandfather clocks theory, and one we thought worthy of at least documenting. Strangely, we could find no references from the major search engines to support this kind of claim. So if it is in fact true, remember you read it here first! We know inquiring minds want to know as much as possible about clocks, so we strive to bring you the latest all the time.
If you have any photos and stories you would like to share on this subject, please do write to us, and we will gladly share anything that seems newsworthy or “grandfather clocks worthy”.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to go back to the clocks shop!