We have the widest selection of antique Swedish Mora clocks in the UK for sale nationally and overseas.
These antique Mora clocks date from the 17th century with some examples made in the 19th Century in Sweden.
Most of the original Mora clocks we sell are from the 18th century and can be seen on the following pages.
The History of Swedish Mora Clocks
Mora clocks were originally made in the Darlarna province in Sweden in the mid 17th century. It was something of a cottage industry for the town of Mora (that gave it name to this style of clock: 'Mora clock') as different families would either assemble the mechanism whilst others would focus on making the body of the Mora clock. Typically the clock would then come together and be custom painted for its new owner.
The iconic design for the clock is that its body is curved in the base and middle and therefore resembles more of the female shape that the typical straight edges 'male' longcase clock. It is these curves that makes the Mora clock so interesting today as they are unique as a style and can be found only in Sweden.
It has been calculated that at the highest point of production approximately 1,000 Mora clocks were made a year however this cottage industry abruptly stopped almost as fast as it began and for the decade or so that the clocks were made then a huge variety of different style of clocks were produced. Sadly many of the original Mora clocks due to the age have fallen into disrepair. They are therefore becoming increasingly rare especially those with their original working mechanisms.
What to look for when buying a Swedish Mora Clock?
Given the price of antique Mora clocks (£1,000+/$1,300+) it is important to ensure that the Mora clock is in good condition. This applies to the workings of the clock (ie that the mechanism has not been replaced with a cheap battery operated mechanism that devalues the antique clock). The mechanism should therefore work. The paint work of the Mora clock should also be in good condition and the shape of the clock should be pleasing to the eye.
Concerning the paint work it was common in Sweden when Mora clocks were handed down from generation to generation for the clock to be painted by each generation. Consequently many of the clocks have layers of paint which may or may not be scrapped back to the original paint of the clock. Often painted patterns were applied to the body of the Mora clock and it can therefore be a choice whether to scrape these patterns off to the original paint or leave the patterns on the Mora clock.
Styles of Swedish Mora Clocks
The styles of a Mora clock can vary greatly. There are two main variations: Northern Mora clocks tend to be tall and thin whilst those Mora clocks from the South of Sweden are shorter and rounder. The image of Mora clocks below shows examples of both.
Additionally, depending upon the age of the clock, there are also variations in shape. Early 17th century Mora clocks tended to be influenced more by Rococo style than those of the 18th century. Therefore they tended to have curves in the base of the clock - as in the blue Mora clock featured in the image below (4th from left and also second from left). Mora clocks from the 18th century tended to have either a flat base (as can be seen in examples below) or feet (also shown in the image below).
Colours of Mora Clocks
The Mora clock was individually painted for its intended opwner. Therefore the range of colours of Mora clocks is as great as the personal choice or style of its original owner. Mora clocks come in a range of colours, blues, greens, whites, browns, greys etc. Each Mora clock was often enhanced with carved detailing - either carvings to the crown or to the edges or middle body of the Mora clock. Some examples of these are shown below:
Blue painted Mora clocks
Green painted Mora clocks
Examples of different paint colours of Mora clocks
Different carved details to Mora clocks
Chinoiserie style painted patterns on Mora clocks
Floral painted patterns on Swedish Mora clocks
Further information on Swedish Mora clocks
Listed below are further sources of information on the Swedish Mora clock and longcase clocks:
Some general information on the Swedish Mora clock:
Information on how to look after your Mora clock:
Information relating to buying Mora clocks: