Grandfather clocks

Grandfather Clock Movements


Grandfather Clocks, such as those offered in mechanical (vs. quartz) Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, Kieninger Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Grandfather Clocks, and Bulova Grandfather Clocks ALL currently use movements and built-in chimes made by either the Hermle Clock Company or the Kieninger Clock Company in their mechanical clocks. Hermle and Kieninger and currently the 2 remaining high-end mechanical movement manufacturers of any real volume, both based in Germany, left in the world today (there are still some very high-end grandfather clock movements and grandfather clock parts made by small independent makers, mostly in the United Kingdom – and true to the way antique grandfather clocks were made) . [More and more grandfather clock parts are being made and copied in other parts of the world, especially in Asia and also more and more in China in particular]. In the years ahead, the makers of clock works and clock parts are likely to continue to expand and offer ever more options to consumers whether they are buying a mantel clock, a wall clock, or a grandfather clock. The rapid pace of change in the dynamics of the history of clocks and the increasing ways of telling time is likely to accelerate in the coming years and are likely to bring more choices in clock movements, including those used in grandfather clock kits, in the years ahead.

Howard Miller J H II Grandfather Clock with Kieninger MovementHoward Miller J H Miller II Grandfather Clock Model 611-031 with Mechanical Kieninger Movement with Tubular Chimes and in Limited Edition

Grandfather Clocks Styles and the Choice of Mechanisms That Tell Time


A Grandfather Clocks purchase brings with it many decisions, not only form and functions, but also matters of personal taste. Aside from the question of an antique grandfather clocks vs. a new Grandfather Clock by such makers as Howard Miller Clocks or Bulova Clocks, first there is the question of the broader style. Does one want a Contemporary Grandfather Clock, a more Traditional Grandfather Clock, a Grandmother Clock, a Curio Grandfather Clock or what might be frequently termed as a more plain looking Floor Clock. The choices within each of the broad categories are many.

There is also the shape of the grandfather clock case. Most grandfather clocks fit into one of two broad definitions, which include the split pediment grandfather clock (also sometimes referred to as a Swan’s Neck pediment with a center finial), or more of a rounded or square type of shape at the top of the clock. Of course there are as many variations as there are and have been clock designers, and part of the art form is picking out the clock that best fits your home’s personality or the decor for your organization. The clocks finish and type of wood are another crticial variable for many, trying of course to match woods for interior decorating purposes. Cherry, Mahogany, Oak (and solid wood clocks with multiple veneers) and many other finishes are presented, and even shades within these woods can vary substantially. One aspect which differentiates all of the grandfather clocks that are sold by 1-800-4CLOCKS is that ALL are Solid Wood. Sometimes there is no substitute to seeing the clock in person, and even then taking into consideration the lighting. We will soon cover the various kinds of grandfather clock movements, including such basics as cable-driven vs. chain driven mechical movements, and the choices of chimes for enthusiasts of clocks.

Kieninger Vulliamy Grandfather Clock Kieninger Vulliamy Grandfather Clock

Grandfather Clock Choices – Brands, Chimes, Styles, Woods, Kits and New vs. Antique


Grandfather Clock choices abound, even amongst the finest makers of Grandfather Clocks. There are literally dozens of variables to consider when deciding which, if any, grandfather clock is right for you and your home decor or office design setting. At 1-800-4CLOCKS, the decision task has been made a lot easier because only the higher-end grandfather clocks are offered for sale, as well as some special Antique Grandfather Clocks. After years of industry experience and careful market and product evaluations, the current range of new brands we offer are Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clock Collection, premium Kieninger Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Grandfather Clock assortment, and a Bulova Grandfather Clock selection (Bulova Clocks not long ago acquired the design rights to the famous Sligh Grandfather Clocks, and uses Hermle Clock mechanical movements).

This is the first of a series of posts we are planning on the subjects noted in the title of this posting. We welcome more and specific suggestions or requests for other aspects of a grandfather clock purchase. Subsequent posts will address choices of chimes (and the history of clock chimes), such as the Westminster Chime vs. the Triple Chime Movement, styles such as flat-top vs. split pediment, the many grandfather clock wood variations, the pros and cons of grandfather clock kits, and how this market has changed so much over the years, and the age old question of whether to buy a new grandfather clock or an antique grandfather clock, and what factors to consider when weighing this choice. The option of buying a vintage grandfather clock will also be addressed in subsequent postings. Keep your questions coming……

Ridgeway Baker Street Grandfather Clcok R9030 Ridgeway 221 Baker Street Grandfather Clock, Model R9030

Grandfather Clocks by Bulova make their debut at 1-800-4CLOCKS


Bulova Grandfather Clocks, along with much of the rest of the Bulova Clocks line (from Bulova clock miniatures to mantel clocks to wall clocks), including the Frank Lloyd Wright Clock Collection, will soon be sold in the 1-800-4CLOCKS Grand Central Terminal Store as well as online on its website. The quality and worksmanship of the cases for the Bulova Grandfather Clocks, all hand-made in North America, combined with Hermle Clocks mechanical movements inside, has inspired 1-800-4CLOCKS to offer most of the Bulova line. Bulova Clocks, as we understand it, purchased the design rights for all of the very highly regarded Sligh Grandfather Clocks line, which was recently discontinued by Sligh Clocks. Keep an eye out for these great Bulova Clocks home decor and office decor additions over the next 1-3 weeks.

Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks


No matter what kind of clock you are looking for, you can look at the offerings from Howard Miller grandfather clocks. They have a wide variety of grandfather clocks and other types of timepieces for your home or office, or to give as a gift. That includes traditional designs, contemporary designs, and all sorts of materials for the body. But one thing is the same – the quality of these beautiful pieces.

Howard Miller Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks


When you shop for Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, you will find some of the best and most engaging contemporary grandfather clocks that are out there, like the Urban Floor II and Urban Floor III models, which I can’t really tell apart. I think it has something to do with color and tiny-tiny details. That’s the thing about Howard Miller – they are all about the details. Another beautiful clock is the Cosmopolitan model, which is a really funky, cool shape.

Howard Miller Grandfather Clock

Traditional Grandfather Clocks Look Great In Your Living Room


Ridgeway is yet another manufacturer with a lot of great contemporary grandfather clocks, as well as traditional grandfather clocks. The Venetian model is a think clock with a rounded face. It looks kind of pink in the photo. Then there’s the Louvre model, shaped like a three-legged easel. The traditional Ridgeway models include the Fairfax, the Salem, the Morgantown and the Winston. Of course, there are plenty of others as well. My favorite is the Independence.

Ridgeway Grandfather Clock

Hermle Grandfather Clocks


For a quality grandfather clock, it is very easy to spend as much as $10,000 – even more – for a great timepiece. But at, you can actually find great clocks for much, much less. Take Hermle grandfather clocks, for instance. There is an actual $10,078 piece there on sale for only $6,548.45. Another, valued at $8,969, is on sale for $5829.85. So don’t think that you can’t afford the piece you want.

Hermle Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller And The Art Of The Grandfather Clock


The Howard Miller satinwood grandfather clock is one of the most beautiful timepieces you will ever see. Its design is contemporary. It is black with nickel accents with a simple, rounded design. The sides are accented with beveled glass. Then there is the Chatham model. It has a crackled sandstone finish. That’s just fun to say, and you can say it over and over when you show it off to your visitors.

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