Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Antique Clocks - What Is Time?

February 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 202

What exactly is time, and how did we actually end up arriving at our current system of 12 months in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute. After all, one would imagine that it would make far more sense to use a straightforward decimal system, multiples of 10 are used in pretty much every other measurement system known to modern man.

Well it transpires that our modern timekeeping system is actually an amalgam of systems devised by various cultures. The ancient Greeks, for whom we have an awful lot to be thankful for, were the first culture to divide a year into 12 months. They also then divided each of these months into thirty days. So far so good, however, we have the Egyptians and the Babylonians to thank for coming up with the 24 hour clock. They divided the day into 24 parts that they referred to as hours. However, their system was far from perfect as they just divided the time between the sun rising and setting into 12 equal parts. Now as we all know the time between the sun rising and setting is not a constant, and the length of both day and night varies on your geographical location. So, not the most accurate of systems but at least we are starting to get there.

Finally some bright spark came up with the idea of just dividing the whole day into 24 equal parts and calling them hours. At this point it became possible to tell the time far more accurately. The final part of the jigsaw comes when the Sumerians come up with the concept of dividing each hour into 60 minutes consisting of 60 seconds each. This is known as the Sumerian Sexagecimal System, which is based on the number 60 and was developed some 4000 or so years ago. It is at this point that we arrived at what we now know as time.

Our ancestors of course only really needed a rough idea of what time of day it was, lets face it there were very few urgent appointments for a peasant farmer to keep, as long as he got up in the morning and worked till it was dark then he knew everything would be OK. However, the human race is a resourceful being and is constantly looking for ways to evolve and so came up with more ingenious ways of recording the time more accurately.

The first of these was the Sundial. Now of course we have come a long way from these rudimentary time keeping systems. Early sundials were replaced by water clocks and the Saxons even used a candle clock where a candle was divided into equal segments that each took an hour to burn. In the early years of the second millenium more sophisticated timepieces came into being. Invariably they were huge mechanical clocks and were reserved for the local church, but the evolution of antique clocks had been set in motion.

Nowadays time keeping is a precise science and watches keep time to within a quarter of a second per year. However, do they have the intrinsic beauty and craftmanship of the early antique clocks of our forefathers? I guess that is a matter of taste. An antique clock is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, and in my opinion every home should have one.

Jim Ryan is proud to be associated with the guys at Dealers and purveyors of beautifully crafted Antique Clocks

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Antique Clocks


Early Antique Clocks


Crafted Antique Clocks

Since time immemorial unscrupulous folk have existed. The world continues to see them and they would continue to exist to the end of the world. The best you could do is sensitizing yourself to detect

By: Zuneaoy l Home & Family > Crafts Supplies l December 11, 2012 lViews: 582

What does it take to find the best prices and greatest selection when searching for jewelry supplies? Because jewelry making has become such a popular hobby, there is no shortage of locations where

By: Zuneaoy l Home & Family > Crafts Hobbies l December 11, 2012 lViews: 249

You can purchase the same thing online for a much cheaper price. Now, granted, you may find that some beads and snake bracelets are just as expensive as at the store, but you will find that online

By: Zuneaoy l Home & Family > Crafts Supplies l December 07, 2012 lViews: 330

Arborist is simply called as the nature maker in the words of a poet. They really make your garden clean, healthy and tidy. When you are having tress at your place it is necessary to check them up or

By: noragwilt l Home & Family > Gardening l November 20, 2012 lViews: 311

To make sure you gain true protection, it is of paramount importance that these covers ought to be durable and strong. To make sure you gain true protection, it is of paramount importance that these

By: Simon Liva l Home & Family > Entertaining l November 16, 2012 lViews: 269

If you wish to throw a birthday celebration party, you should have a lot of money. A number of people think that if perhaps they cannot dedicate such a lot money for the celebration, it won’t

By: jhoel mojokuvic l Home & Family > Entertaining l November 12, 2012 lViews: 286

Things to consider when shopping for an Art Deco table lamp. Thoughts on style, function, and exotic art deco table lamps.

By: Sinjin Smythel Home & Family > Antiquesl June 29, 2012 lViews: 233

The methods of taking care of antiques are quite different from that for modern pieces. These antiques have been in use for quite a long time and have been produced in different way.

By: Jacub Driscolll Home & Family > Antiquesl June 29, 2012 lViews: 223

The region of Kirman used to be a very lonely and isolated place, but now it is one of the more popular cites found in Iran. The majority of families in Kirman are now nut farmers or miners, but as

By: Indu Nairl Home & Family > Antiquesl June 29, 2012 lViews: 273

"Life Planning Appraisals" help individuals to get their personal property affairs in order. Over the past 25+ years many have accumulated vast amounts of personal property assets, including Antiques

By: Michael Ivankovichl Home & Family > Antiquesl June 27, 2012 lViews: 230

dentify the business category (or categories) that best describe your business, by searching or browsing. You can choose up to five business categories until you feel you have described your

By: l Home & Family > Antiquesl June 26, 2012 lViews: 217

Antique bookcases have a timeless appeal that is both functional and attractive. A library staple for centuries, today they are used to display everything from DVD collections to figurines - not

By: Christian J Daviesl Home & Family > Antiquesl June 21, 2012 lViews: 226

Nowadays, in this fast paced, busy and stressful age we take knowing the time for granted. The emphasis, certainly in the western world, is on time. We live our lives by the clock. However, back in a

By: Jim P Ryanl Home & Family > Antiquesl February 20, 2012 lViews: 169