The Scandinavian floor clock known as the "Mora Clock" started near the town of Mora, in central Sweden in the Province of Dalarna around 1750.
Bad weather and poor soil forced the farmers in the Mora area to look for other ways to supplement their income. The villagers of this area turned to traditional home crafts, building of wall clocks and tall case clocks. Each family specialized in a certain part: some made the brass clockworks, some painted the faces, while others built or painted the tall case clocks. Just like an assembly line, the workers became very skilled and did excellent work.
At the height of production, more than 90 families were engaged in this trade of hand painted case clocks. Some of these skilled people's names were edged into history; they were commissioned to do their folk art and case work on trunks, cupboards, wooden sofas and anything else that could be built and decorated.
About 1000 Grandfather/Grandmother/Scandinavian Mora Clocks were built each year for 80 years - this craft flourished and the best of the best were sold to the very wealthy.
Though many were created, unfortunately almost none of this original Swedish folkart is here today. Most have been repainted by less qualified artists since the original "milk paint" has faded.