Grandfather clocks

Grandfather Clocks Floor Clocks Tallcase Clocks or Longcase Clocks


Whether you call your grandfather clock a Floor Clock, or refer to grandfather clocks as long case clocks or tall case clocks has a lot to do with which side of the Atlantic you were raised, or possibly what century in time one happened to be born into.  In the USA and Canada, grandfather clocks have been known as well, grandfather clocks, for well over a hundred years, after the well known Grandfather Clocks Song, which not only swept the nation, but also the North American vernacular.

Historically, in England and Western Europe in general, grandfather clocks were and still are referred to more frequently as Tallcase clocks or Longcase clocks.  The Floor Clock vocabulary has been used on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been reinforced over the years by the major makers of grandfather clocks, including Hermle Clocks, the Howard Miller Grandfather Clock company, Ridgeway Floor Clocks, the Bulova Grandfather Clocks Collection, and Kieninger Floor Clocks.

The grandfather clock and floor clock words are used relatively interchangeably today, even by many grandfather clock shoppers today at 1-800-4CLOCKS.

Grandmother Clocks is another term which is frequently asked about, with the only major difference being the height of the clock. Other than the height, in most instances, the two terms can be used reasonably interchangably.

Oh, and grandfather clocks are sometimes referred to as granfather clocks or grandfathers clocks, or even grand father clocks.  These are just simple common misconceptions of what the correct words and terminology are.

Granddaughter Clocks are smaller, and Grandson Clocks, actually introduced by 1-800-4CLOCKS much earlier this year, are even smaller.  Keep an eye out for them at a retailer near you.

Time for Mechanical Atomic Grandfather Clocks by Best Makers


Some atomic time grandfather clocks by what we would consider to be medium to low quality makers have begun to appear in the marketplace.  All have quartz driven non-mechanical atomic movements, and clocks cases that are not very impressive.

We see two niches just waiting to be filled by the right higher-end clock manufacturers.  Most exciting would be mechanical grandfather clocks, with the usual assortment of best and most popular designs, where the internal mechanical movement would adjust the time on the clock daily based on the US atomic time clock and receiving its signal.  This would allow for a marriage of the best of the old and the best of the new.  Mechanical clocks with high-end movements offer by far the best sound quality for chiming purposes.  These could truly be heirloom quality clocks that would be treasured for generations.  Interior decorators and home designers should take note.

The other niche would be non-mechanical quart driven atomic clocks in the nicest of solid wood cases. The best mahagony, assortment of oak clocks, solid cherry would clocks and more that would be outfitted with battery driven movements that could and would sync regularly with the radio controlled atomic time of the USA’s Atomic Clock.  The only two real downsides here are that these movements do not tend to last as long as mechanical clocks, and their chime sound quality tends to be OK, but not horrible.  The real risk or variable is to ensure these clocks are housed in the proper cases, or they risk being real junk from a furniture standpoint.  Also, buying an established brand basically assures that replacement parts will be available for generations to come, whereas replacing a part of a no-name clock could be an exercise in futility.  Battery driven clocks movements tend to have a much shorter life-span than those of mechanical clocks, when looking at and comparing the better and best ones by the major manufacturers out there today.

We encourage the development of Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks along these lines, Bulova Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Floor Clocks, and Ridgeway Grandfather Clock Collection, among others.

1-800-4CLOCKS believes consumers would benefit from these added choices, and to a great extent preempt the introduction by some low quality brands out there that are beginning to think about clock and timepiece introductions along these time lines.

Grandfather Clock in background, President Bush calls to Congratulate President-Elect Obama


Not too late into the night of November 4, 2008, and shortly after Senator John McCain conceded defeat, President George W Bush called the newly victorious Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on his amazingly historic win and new status as President-Elect of the United States of America.  Note the integral role the White House Oval Office Grandfather Clock is playing!

President Bush and grandfather clock call President-Elect Obama on Election night offering congratulations

President Bush and grandfather clock call President-Elect Obama on Election night offering congratulations

As can be seen time and time again, whenever truly important things happen in history, grandfather clocks may be nearby.  See an actual picture below of President George W Bush calling to congratulate President-Elect Obama on his timely (and called early in the evening) victory.

What do you think are the odds that Bush was telling Obama about this GREAT new grandfather clock timepiece  he was about to have in his new Oval Office.  Well, one could always dream … or would it be a nightmare?

If that Grandfather Clock could talk, I bet it would have some mighty interesting stories to tell!  They’ve had books on many a White House dog, maybe now is the time to consider a book from the perspective of this grandfather clock.  Does it have it name?  Know the maker?  We don’t know, and have never researched the clock. It looks early American to us, and would be a fitting fixture as such in the White House.

If only clocks could talk.  This one would have MANY MANY 15 minutes of fame!

Time to Reevaluate Grandfather Clocks


In this difficult global economic climate, money and spending it is on the minds of consumers more so than it has been in the last 20 plus years.

So why think about purchasing a grandfather clock at this moment in time?  The answer is that high quality grandfather clocks are heirloom quality timepiece investments that can and will be cherished by several generations.  These grandfather clocks, such as the J H Miller Limited Edition Grandfather Clock, are built to withstand the test of time.

They also make spectacular gifts either to mark milestones in one’s own life, or a very special family event, such as a new marriage or to mark a special wedding anniversary.

Clocks are an investment in time.

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