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Grandfather clock
The grandfather clock was invented in England during the middle of the 17th century. And shortly thereafter found it´s way into many swedish castles. By the end of the 18th century it´s popularity had grown and it became status symbol for the upper class. Sometime thereafter, by the beginning of the 19th century it had spread into the homes of the common man.

The first Swedish clocks were made in Stjärnsund, which became the center for the Dalecarlis (men from the province of Dalarna) to learn the craft of clock making, and the village of Östnor, in Mora, evolved into one big community for clockwork production.

The different styles of cabinets varied with each craft man, his origin, and individual craft man ship, but there are a few common facttors: The straigt clock cabinets, which were made after British models, were made until 1770, when the curved cabinets evolved as a late comer to the rococo.

Depending on individual talent and local traditions cabinets were decorated differently, but commen for Dalarna are elegant painted rosemaling decorations. Despite their high artistic standard and decorative look the Mora clock fell out of fashion around 1860 but today they are again considered attractive and higly appreciated.