The New Old – Antique Clocks in Your Home


In the bustling world of home décor, there’s a quiet resurgence happening that’s tugging at heartstrings across Australian homes—antique clocks. More than mere keepers of time, these heirlooms carry tales from eras past, offering a tangible link to history, all while adding a unique charm to our modern living spaces.

A Whisper from History

Imagine a grand pendulum clock that once kept time in a lively Victorian-era shop, or a small, intricately painted mantel clock that chimed through the days on a 1920s farmhouse hearth. These clocks have borne witness to countless everyday moments—meals shared, books read by the firelight, tearful farewells, and joyful greetings. Bringing an antique clock into your home isn’t merely about filling a space on the wall or a corner in the hall; it’s about embracing and continuing the legacy of those who once watched the same clock hands circle countless times.

Choosing Your Timepiece

The journey of choosing an antique clock is an intimate and exciting adventure. You can check out places like Dutch Time Pieces to find the best collections. It’s about discovering a piece that not only catches your eye but seems to fit your family and space as if it has always belonged. Here are a few types to consider:

  • Grandfather Clocks: Majestic and elegant, grandfather clocks can anchor a room or a quiet corner with their dignified presence and soothing chimes.
  • Mantel Clocks: Perfect for adding character to fireplaces or bookshelves, these smaller clocks often feature beautiful embellishments that catch the light—and the eye.
  • Wall Clocks: From ornate Victorian designs to simpler Art Deco styles, wall clocks combine functionality with decorative appeal, adding flair to any wall.

The Emotional Tick of Home

There’s a deep, emotional resonance to the steady tick-tock of an antique clock. For a busy mom, it can be a soothing backdrop to a hectic day, a gentle reminder of the quiet rhythm of time passing. These clocks can become central characters in our home stories, potentially joining family gatherings, celebrations, and everyday routines.

Moreover, passing down an antique clock can be like handing down a piece of history. They often become focal points for family lore, like the clock that quietly observed generations of family dinners or the one gifted during a great-grandparent’s wedding. These stories weave through the fabric of family, offering continuity and a sense of rootedness.

Mixing Old and New

Blending the old with the new creates a layered, intriguing interior that speaks both of tradition and modernity. Here are some tips to seamlessly integrate an antique clock into contemporary décor:

  • Balance with Modern Elements: Let your antique clock dialogue with modern furniture or art. A minimalist room can be transformed with the rich detail of an antique timepiece.
  • Color Contrast: Use the rich, warm colors of an antique clock to break up monochrome schemes or to add depth to a neutral palette.
  • Mix Periods: It’s okay to mix different eras. An Art Deco clock can stand out beautifully against a backdrop of modern Scandinavian simplicity.
  • Highlight It: Sometimes, it’s best to let an antique clock stand alone as a statement piece. A unique clock can become a conversation starter and draw the eye in any room.

Caring for Your Antique Clock

Antique clocks do require a little more TLC than their modern brethren. Here’s how to keep them ticking smoothly.

Regular Maintenance
It is advisable to have your clock checked over by a professional every couple of years if it has complex features like chimes or multiple dials.

Protect from Harsh Conditions
You want to avoid placing your clock in full sun, damp conditions, and extreme temperatures to avoid the damaging effects this may cause.

Gentle cleaning
Polish your watch regularly with a soft cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals and water, since both of these things can prove pretty harmful to its look and mechanics.

In Conclusion

While an antique clock makes for an enhancement in your décor, more importantly, it is something that will enrich your space with a piece of history, beauty, and tradition. Such clocks are not about marking time but binding us with the past, showcasing the present, and making memories for times to come. As you survey the surroundings of your house, think about where you might want to introduce the rhythmic pulse of a ticking clock because it adds depth and resonance to any room. It could just be the start of a treasured new family tradition—one tick at a time.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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14 days ago

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