Antique Vienna Clocks


Despite their originally British lineage, regulator clocks took off and flourished in Vienna, which they are now often named after. First invented in the mid-eighteenth century, these clocks were invented in the quest for greater accuracy in timekeeping, and were weight-driven, with each clock hand working with a different mechanism. Eventually, in Vienna where they became popular, they were so renowned for their accuracy that they were often used in public places. Vienna clocks have been made in a range of styles, from the simpler wooden designs in the first half of the nineteenth century to the more ornate and flourished designs that were created after the Viennese Revolution of 1848. These antique clocks are now desirable collectors’ pieces and, through the changes in design, reflect the change in Viennese society, making them great historical as well as decorative pieces.

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