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the term "longcase" clock is more accurate and technical, at least in my humble opinion. The names "grandfather" and "grandmother" are merely affectionate, and are derived from the song "My Grandfather's clock".
Agree 100 percent. IMHO, a concise and accurate answer.the two most probable explanations to my knowledge is that there is a slight difference in size, the grandmother clock being smaller than the grandfather clock.
I never heard that, but it's a great explanation/version...I like it!I had always understood the difference to be that a grandfather's clock was a longcase clock with the pendulum and weights taking up the entire case, while a grandmother's clock was a longcase clock with the movement up top and room for storage and shelves in the bottom part of the case. I have no idea if that's right or not... only how it was described to me years ago. It kind of made sense... a clock with places for Grandmother to keep a few necessaries, etc.
Andy, That's the most widely used explanation that I've heard is that they were 6 ft or under....Commercialized "Grandmother" Clocks
Term "grandmother" clock is much more recent and commercially available after WWII. Trend Clock in Zeeland, MI introduced a 50" tall "Grandmother" clock in 1949, but it did not sell well, so they increased its height to 60" (5 ft.) tall and it sold very well.
Daneker Clock Co. in Fallston, MD introduced small grandfather clocks about 78" tall in early 1950s and also sold some ones about 60" that would be considered "grandmother" clocks.
Chimeclockfan...There it is, in a catalogue...It must be true!?!?!...I enjoyed the rest of the catalogue...Thank You!