We have the largest selection of 1800s antique mora clocks and other Swedish longcase clocks in Europe with over 60 mora clocks for sale and all are available for private view by appointment or for shipment worldwide. Prices go from £1250- £5000 so please call/email us for individual prices quoting the SKU number of your chosen mora clocks. Click the photos for larger pictures.
Antique Swedish Painted Mora Clocks 1780-1900
Our Swedish painted Mora Clocks feature original and later paint and each one is unique with a variety of different colours, heights, design elements, decorations, carvings, hood ornaments, inscriptions and finishes. We also have a small selection of beautiful gilt carved cartel and antique wall clocks with original working mechanisms and other Gustavian clocks. The wall clocks have stunning carvings and are about 18" high with a lovely crystal chime on the hour and half hour. They need winding about every seven days.
We offer the option of reconditioning the original clockwork mechanism where we clean and repair it followed by a 2 week swing test or instead fitting a modern battery operated clock mechanism for convenience. We can do this without damaging the clock in any way as the orignal mechanism is just held in place by 1 small screw plate. 99% of clients now choose to have the electric battery mechanism for convenience - from the outside you cant see any difference from the original mechanism. If you choose the electric chiming mechanism, it has a 'night off' switch that allows you to stop it chiming at night so it doesnt disturb you and you also get a choice of ting tang or westminster chimes replayed thru the built in speaker. As these are actual recordings of real clock chimes they sound exactly like the real thing.
We can also repaint your clock in a colour of your choice if you want it to match your décor although we prefer not to touch original paint if possible as its very rare now to find a clock with completely original paint. Many clocks it seems were touched around the early 1900s when they passed on to the next generation to 'freshen' them up. You also see some mora clocks where they have been "scraped back to the original paint". This is a complete misnomer - its is just a paint effects style really. The original coat of chalky paint woul dhave been a full rich coat not scarped and sanded back with lots of wood showing through. We have repainted and restored many mora clocks for our clients and created exactly the colour tones and feel they wanted, so dont hesitate to ask us if you want something special.
Prices and shipping
Prices for our antique swedish mora clocks go from £1250-6000 and we ship anywhere in the world upon request. We have happy mora clock owners in the USA, Australia, Switzerland, UAE, France, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Greece, Holland,Hong Kong and many other countries around the globe. We use specialist antique shippers and they will crate your clock for export to protect it from the rigours of travel.
Mora clocks were made mostly between 1790 and about 1880 initially around the area of Mora in Sweden, and the geographic name has become synonymous with the clock shape as they began to be made all over Sweden. They were only ever created by individual craftsman which is why you can never find 2 mora clocks that are exactly the same. It was down to either the artistic vision on the day they decided to make the clock or a specific commission that influenced the individual design.
When were mora clocks made
Many clocks carry the makers name or initials such as AAS or CE Rydberg but you will find that initials have been added at a later date so unless there is written provenance, you shouldnt pay too much attention to the makers name unless it was a small unknown one.
You will find the clocks are usually made of pine or occasionally oak with the various components often made by different craftsmen where clocks where made in a cooperative. The decorative embellishments can be made of gesso on more expensive clocks or carved wood and again you find lots of handpainted detail and trompe l'oeil work too. The clock hood glasses can be flat or convex as can the pendulum belly windows & you will find the country clocks often dont have a pendulum viewing window as glass was very expensive in the 1800s and so you often see the country moras with no face glass too.
Do you need help choosing the right mora clock?
If so here's a few things to think about.
Work out if you have a color preference and any height restrictions. Do you want a country mora clock with simple decoration in a single colour, a grander handpainted design or one of the polychromatic kurbits folk art ones?
Perhaps you want something a bit more fancy with elegant scroll work like one of our antique fryksdall clocks or one with lots of carved decoration or even handpainted scenes or flowers? Plainer clocks are fantastic for kitchens, bedrooms and hallways with the grander clocks suited for living rooms, studies and spaces that will show off their beauty.
Do you have a width preference? Mora clocks tend to be between 50-70cm wide but they do vary alot although their depth is fairly constant at about 20-25cm.
What kind of clock face do you prefer? Standard numbers or roman numerals? A relatively clean clock face or one showing some damage from age? Some clockfaces have wonderful decorative handpainted emblems on them including flowers and motifs. The faces are usually enamel paint on metal but on the very early clocks you can find both engraved metallic unpainted faces or enamel paint on a wooden faces. The last category tend to be late 1700s/very early 1800s.
Do you want to use the original clockwork mechansim, an electric battery chiming mechanism or a standard battery one? The original mechansims are great but they take alot of looking after and can be temepoeramental whereas with the battery ones , all you have to do is change the battery every 6 months.
Do you want the paint on the body to be pristine or distressed - each has a different feel and it really depends on what you prefer. Given that the clocks are over 150-200 years in most cases you will find there has been wood movement to the body and cracking to the paint in most cases - its nothing to worry about as all the clocks are structurally sound. We generally dont over restore any wood cracks as it is part of the clocks heritage acquired through its life and it gives the clock a special aura.
Hood decoration - fancy or simple? Some mora clock hoods have amazing crowns and ornaments on them wheres the country ones are much simpler or in some cases have no crowns at all. The hood glass is usually in a round frame thats attached to the side of the hood by a hinge but we have them with no hinge at all so the glass is fixed to the hood and in one strange case even hinged from the top which is very strange.
Do you need to see the pendulum? If so you want a clock with a pendulum window although of course you wont be using the pendulum if you go with an electric battery mechanism.
Mora clocks are individual as their owners, so we always recommend that you go with your heart. There wil be one clock that calls out to you for whatever reason and thats the one to go for. It may be the opposite of the clock you would choose if you followed your mental list but clocks are like people. It will be your friend for life watching over you like a guardian angel.