Mora Clocks 1700's - 1800's

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Swedish Mora Clocks

A collection of Swedish antiques and Mora clocks that date from the 17th to 18th Century. These antiques are from the Gustavian period. We ship worldwide.

The Swedish Mora clock was made during a period of about 80 years from about 1760 to 1840. The style of the clock has a more feminine form than a typical long case male clock (which is straight as oppose to the curves on the Mora clock).

History has it that the Mora clock started at a time of famine and a particularly harsh winter during Sweden when farmers vacated their villages and journied to Stockholm to learn new skills. A number of these journeymen learn the art of clockmaking and when the returned to their village, Mora,  then they would make these clocks during the winter months to supplement their earnings.

In the village of Mora this became a cottage industry as the work for making a Mora clock consisted of one group making the body (carpenters) another the mechanism and finally the Mora clock would be custom painted at the request of its owner. The clocksmith would typically place his initials on the face of the Mora clock and the village in which it was made. This form therefore gave rise to the name of this style of clock: the Mora clock.

Regional variations existed in Mora clock - in the North of Sweden the Mora clocks tended to be much taller and particular styles also developed. For example the Bridal Mora Clock was made to simulate the brides wedding dress.

Many Mora clocks today shows signs of having been repainted. The background to this is the Swedish tradition of passing down a Mora clock from one generation to the next. The new generation or owner of the Mora clock would often want to 'personalise' the Mora clock and would typically have it repainted. Sometimes the new owner would place their initials inside the Mora clock and the year they received the clock. Some Mora clocks therefore have the history of several generations of a family as owners.

By about the 1840's the Swedish Mora clocks became extinct due to the importation of more effecient USA and German clock mechanisms and the local demand for Mora clocks in Sweden died out.

It has been estimated that about 50,000 Mora clocks were made and many of these Mora clocks would be damaged or in a poor state of repair. The Mora clock is therefore something that is increasingly becoming rare.