My Swedish Mora Clock

Swedish Mora Clock

This month was my graduation ceremony for my Masters degree.  My mother and my aunt were able to see me walk and also stay here and branch out for some European travel.  I was able to come into contact with a women who had a huge shipment of authentic Swedish Mora clocks that she was selling at amazing prices coming from a dealer who finds the old clocks all over Sweden.  

Mora clocks were originally made by Swedish farming families in the late 18th century.  They were often made in pieces and given as customizable gifts for special occasions.  It wasn't unusual for these clocks to be painted several times throughout their lives.  I noticed the clock that I purchased started off with a red paint, and then white, and then it's current color, light green.  These paint jobs could have been done decades ago or over a century ago as the color preferences for these clocks when they were made were in pastel colors.  Much like today's popular paint colors.

As an antique enthusiast, I've wanted a Mora clock for a long time.  But because of the price range for a genuine clock being anywhere from $2000-$10000, I never really thought I would own one.  Maybe a good reproduction at the very least.  But when I found out about these clocks and saw the images she had posted, I figured I'd use the excuse of my graduation to go ahead and purchase one for myself.  I mean, when would I ever get this chance again I thought?  And because they were coming from a Swedish dealer, the prices were not wholesale.  I picked out the clock I wanted from quite a few choices and on the day of my graduation I went to Ramstein and picked it up.  
I was stunned when I saw the clock because in the picture I had it looked white, but it was actually a light shade of green.  I kind of liked the fact that it wasn't white and that it was a unique shade of light green.  It even goes better with my furniture.  The clock comes in five pieces; a body, a clock face, the head, the pendulum, and the weights.  What was interesting about this clock was the face.  It was a beautiful peuter color with only one hand.  We are unsure if the clock only ever had one hand or if it is missing the minute hand but nothing looks broken off.  The clock is signed by its maker Olaf Keick.  It was made in 1858.  The clock is not in working order as it was probably sitting in a Swedish family's barn for quite some time, but all the pieces for it to work are there and I need to research a clockmaker here in Germany to try to get it serviced. Many times these clocks are just used for decoration pieces.  
Mora Clock

Swedish Clock

Mora Clock
Swedish Mora Clock

I love this clock (haven't found the perfect spot for it yet) and I hope to keep it in my family for a long time.  If you've ever thought of making your Mora dreams comes true and you live in or near Germany just send me an email and perhaps I can point you in the right direction.  The dealer that I bought this from is always on the lookout and dealing with new shipments from Sweden quite often lately.
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  1. Congratulations on your graduation!!! :)

  2. Congratulations with your graduation! The clock is just beautiful. I hope that you manage to get someone to fix it for you.

    1. Me too. I'm going to wait a bit before I start researching.

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  5. Congratulations on finishing you Master's Degree, Brittany Ruth! Love your clock, it's lovely and I didn't know about them before. Thanks for joining the History & Home link party, take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  6. This is super cool! :) And Congrats by the way! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!


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