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Swedish Mora Clocks - Why we love them

There’s something so relaxing about the feel and vibe of a swedish mora clock.


The Antique Swedish Mora clock from the 1800s blends a wonderful curvacious shape, so different to the traditional English or Continental Clock, with a wonderful array of light swirling colours that so eminently suit today’s interiors.


The traditional mora clock shape is the classic ‘woman’ curve – narrow at the waist and extended at the bust and hips- it’s a very sensuous design and very pleasing to the eye. It looks cool too.


The heights vary from short 5’ clocks to 7’ + whoppers and they can be very plain if done in country style with just a colour wash finish and plain hood, to incredibly embellished handpainted designs and clockhoods with all sorts of appointments and tiaras on top.


The mechanisms usually have both hourly and 1/2hr chime with twin bells and are controlled with a pair of 18 lb weights like English grandfather clocks with twin winding brackets on the handpainted clock face. They will have 2 hands unlike the earlier baroque style of clock from the 1700s which tended to have single handed mechanisms.


The mechanisms are crudely made and no longer really serviceable but we fit either a battery or battery chiming mechanism that sounds great.


What most people forget is that it is the regularity of the pendulum swing that powers the clock – you can have a piece in perfect working order that refuses to go because the place in which it stands is not absolutely flat, has a bit of dust in it or just doesnt want to work.


This also explains why many old mora clocks have holes gouged in the back – the only way to stabilise a clock in some situations with wobbly period floors is to bolt to the wall to maintain the correct angle for the pendulum.


Mora clocks make a great visual statement in any room, working just as well in a corridor as in the living room or study. They are a great feature and are a gift that can be passed down to future generations.


Check out our current stock of antique swedish painted mora clocks here

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