I wonder if there’s anyone in the world that doesn’t just love a grandfather clock. I mean, after all, they have been the quintessential accessory in American homes for generations; they were once looked upon as a kind of status symbol – because they were so expensive for the average household they were reserved for only those wealthy enough to have them. Today they are much more affordable for the average home but they are still somewhat of a status symbol; their regality and sophistication are still looked upon as something reserved for those households that understand quality products.
And so I set about to find the perfect grandfather clock for a friend that was moving into a brand new construction home. She wanted everything to look a certain way; after all, she had chosen every piece – every detail – of her home from scratch as it was being built and she wanted to fill the house with those items that reflected her careful attention to detail. For many years she had considered the grandfather clock to be something that was the height of elegance and sophistication and had her heart set on outfitting her new living room with the most beautiful grandfather clock she could find. I was put in charge of helping her locate the clock that would most meet her desires.
Shopping for grandfather clocks in this day and age is very different than it once was. We are significantly diminished in specialty stores especially if you do not live in a large city where you are accustomed to being able to shop for goods from around the world. We are not; we live in a rather rural part of the country and I wondered where we would be able to go to find a grandfather clock that was going to fit the bill for my very particular friend.
The Internet of course.
In the next post, I’ll share my hunt for a grandfather clock.