Gustavian Style Ltd
Prince Albert Road London (By Appointment Only), W1H 7EH, United Kingdom, 020 7060 2680, email@example.com
Mora Clocks For Sale
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Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
History of Mora Clocks
For further information on our current stock please either call us on 0207 060 2680 or email us using the above form.
Mora clocks originated from the 1700’s to 1800’s from the Darlarna province of Sweden.The village of Mora in this region became associated with the production of Mora clocks. The earliest Mora clocks were Rococo in style (ie curved with delicate carving features) and this style and shape was retained in the later Mora clocks of the 1800’s. This ‘female’ shape for the Mora clock is distinct from the ‘male’ Mora clock which is typically a straight Mora clock.
The Mora clocks made during this period were something of a cottage industry for the Dalarna province of Sweden. Typically a Mora clock was ordered by purchasing a Mora clock mechanism, which tended to be made by certain families, and then custom ordering the Mora clock case to be made by a local carpenter. The Mora clock was then painted to the owners own preference.
Styles of Mora Clocks
Due to the Mora clock cases being ordered and painted to the owners own needs then a huge variety of styles exist for Mora clocks. Our current stock of Mora clocks and pages of Mora clocks sold shows the huge variety of styles that exist.
The country style Mora clock were more simple in style and typically painted in only one or two colours. In contrast Mora clocks made for wealthier persons included ornate carvings and hand painted details. Examples of both of these styles of Mora clocks can be seen in our current for sale stock of Mora clocks.
Carved detailing on Mora Clocks
A variety of different carved detailing can be found on Mora Clocks. Some examples of different carvings are:
Paint colours of Mora Clocks
Mora Clock paint colours vary enormously depending on the taste of the original owner. Many of these original clocks were passed down to the next generation in the 1900's when they often were repainted.
Patterns on Mora Clocks
The patterns on Mora Clocks varied greatly. This included scenic painted patterns, chinoise style, heavily gilded patterns and those Mora Clocks with ornamentations.
Chinese paint style,
Scenic paint style and
Floral paint patterns can all be found on Mora clocks
Regional differences in Mora Clocks
Regional differences exist within Sweden as to the styles of Mora Clocks made. The style of Mora Clocks made in the North of Sweden though featuring the same basic shape differed quiet markedly from those Mora Clocks made in the South of Sweden.
Numbers of Mora Clocks made
It has been estimated that around 50,000 Mora clocks were made during the 19th century but that within 80 years of the first Mora clocks being made that the production of Mora clocks stopped. This was due to the importation of lower prices German and US clocks which effectively killed-off the cottage Mora Clock industry. A great number of Mora clocks have, given their age, fallen into disrepair which makes those Mora clocks that have survived something that is both unusually beautiful and of limited supply.
Mora Clock faces
Many Mora clock faces carry the initials of the clockmaker and below that the name of the village in which the Mora clock was made. One of the more prodigious Mora clockmakers of the time was Krang Anders Andersson (1727 – 1799) of Ostner who signed his Mora clock face with ‘AAS Mora’.
Mora Clocks incorporated into furniture
Some Mora clocks have been 'built-in' to various pieces of furniture. Typically this would be a functional piece such as a writing desk which would 'house' the top half of a Mora Clock inside the furniture. Other pieces of furniture which have incorporated Mora Clocks are armoires and cupboards.
Mora Clock mechanism
Mora clocks have an 8 day movement (they need to be rewound every 8 days) and typically would either have two stricking bells located above the mechanism or a spiral wire gong. The weights of the Mora clock are typically made of cast iron. Due to the age of the Mora clock and the difficulty of finding replacement parts for a non-standard mechanism then many Mora clocks have their old workings replaced by a more modern movement that makes it more reliable as a timepiece.
Please call us on 0207 060 2680 to ask about any of the Mora clock mechanisms featured for sale on our web site.
Mora Clock glass
Mora Clocks tend to have curved rounded glass for the face and the body of the Mora clock may have a rounded piece through which the pendulum swing can be seen. Due to the scarcity of glass in Sweden at this time only a limited number of Mora Clocks would have an additional side window on the hood of the clock through which the mechanism of the Mora clock could be viewed.
Choosing a Mora Clock
Please browse our selection of Mora clocks to see which style you like the most. Then check the height of the Mora clock to ensure it would be suitable for whichever place you intend to keep it. If the style of Mora clock you are looking for is not currently for sale then please drop us an email so we can let you know when we acquire some new Mora clocks. We can then email you details of these Mora clock so that you will be amongst the first to know.
Shipment for Mora Clocks
We are able to pack and ship a Mora clock to any international location and we delivery across the UK. For international shipment we typically ship the Mora clock case in a protected carton and the Mora clock mechanism in a separate container. By using robust packing material we can economise on shipment costs by using a standard air freight carrier to ship the Mora clock. Please email us to request a shipment quote.
Viewing Mora Clocks
To see any of our current stock of Mora clocks please call us on 0207 060 2680. For customers local to the London area it may be possible for us to bring the Mora clock to your home for you to see in your home. A nominal charge is applied for this which is refunded should you then buy the Mora clock.