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Gothic (Shelf)

A clock with a case whose top is pointed, in the style of Gothic architecture; often accentuated by rosettes, tracery, or other Gothic style ornamentation.

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Grandfather Clock (Longcase)

Slang term for a floor-standing, longcase clock, derived from a song composed by an American songwriter around 1875. The song begins with the words: "Oh my grandfather's clock was too tall for the shelf so it stood ninety years on the floor. It was taller by half than the old man himself, though it weighed no a pennyweight more..." and ending with the lyrics: "the clock stopped, never to run again, when the old man died." Over a million copies of sheet music for the song were sold. The term "grandfather" clock became firmly rooted in the public's vernacular and has been used ever since to refer to longcase clocks.

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Grandmother Clock (Longcase) (see Grandfather Clock)
Popular name for a shorter version of the "grandfather" or longcase clock. Usually refers to a case standing 60' x 70' high.  
   
Granddaughter Clock (Longcase) (see Grandfather Clock)
Popular name for a shorter version of the "grandmother" clock. Usually refers to a case standing 42' x 54' high.  
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