Grandfather clocks

Grandfather Clocks Ringing in 2010

12.27.09

As we near the end of the first decade of this millennium, it is as good a time as any to look back over the last decade in horology, and an especially good time to look forward to 2010 with the coming of the New Year.  The last decade has seen the rise of some great new grandfather clocks features, and the introduction of many new styles of clocks, especially among Contemporary Grandfather Clocks.

Aside from grandfather clocks features such as auto night shut-off and illuminated dials, there has also been the introduction of what we at 1-800-4CLOCKS would consider to be the equivalent quality of disposable grandfather clocks by no-name makers that have just started to flood the market in the last couple of years.  What is more notable, is that several of the most respected discount retailers have started to carry these, pardon the expression, pieces of junk.  We became more and more aware of them when individuals are calling and wanting to know how to get them running, only to be told we never even heard of that grandfather clocks “brand”, frequently named so that it sounds like an established brand.  Frequently, plastic and plywood and batteries are the key ingredients in these generally very inexpensive, and surely cheap, grandfather clock imitations, in our view.  Some even have the customer doing grandfather clocks assembly when they did not realize that was even part of the plan.

Replicas and reproductions of great clocks are nothing new, and by themselves are not indicative of inferior grandfather clocks quality.  Brand like Howard Miller grandfather clocks, Hermle grandfather clocks, Bulova’s grandfather clock collection, along with Ridgeway and Kieninger still offer super-high quality at a good value.  Solid wood cabinetry and mechanical grandfather clock movements made in Germany.   Surely heirloom quality timepieces, which make special wedding and spectacular anniversary gifts, not to mention special birthday gifts and great presents for almost any occasion.

We hope that customers will realize the difference between quality and disposable grandfather clocks.  2009, and no doubt coming at the same time as The Great Recession, seemed to us to be the peak of the plastic plywood battery driven grandfather clocks which most likely won’t make it to see the year 2015 — as far away as that may seem — much less be around for future generations as heirloom quality gifts.

Happy Holidays and quality affordable grandfather clocks to all, and to all a goodnight!

Best Grandfather Clocks Plate Engraved Inscriptions

12.21.09

When purchasing one grandfather clock of the several high-end grandfather clocks makers for sale, most offer a free engraved plate for you to write whatever you think might be meaningful enough to affix to the inside of your grandfather clock.  Many corporations also give grandfather clocks as corporate gifts, for specific length of service awards, retirement gits, or grandfather clocks as achievement awards.  Many of those clocks are given with the plate and the inscription on the outside of the clock.

We find most people purchasing grandfather clocks as individuals almost always choose to put the engraved plate somewhere more discreetly on the inside of the grandfather clock.  The purpose of this post is to share a small sample of some of the nicer or more interesting things people chose to say on their engraved plate for their grandfather clock.

We welcome people to add as comments either engravings they have seen elsewhere or used themselves, and that others might find of interest.

Here’s one of my personal favorites:

The SMITHs      (all names changed for privacy purposes)
May We Always Be Together – A Family
Till The End of Time

Here is another (simple but meaningful, wedding gift to selves):

John and Jane Doe

Married February 13, 1981

Here is another:  (for Corporate Retirement Recognition Award – straight and simple)

William B. Long
Pfizer, Inc.
1974-2008

Here is another: (simply their wedding date)

The Simpsons
James & Carolyn
AUGUST 20, 2009

Here is another:  (first names and personally important date)

Rebecca and Royce
December 20, 2007

Here is another: (with date of gift of grandfather clock)

Elizabeth French
To David R. Barker
March 25, 2009

Here is another: (Board of Directors – Appreciation of Service Award)

ABC Board of Directors
Derrick M. Kennedy
November 10, 1995  -  December 17, 2008

Here is another:  (simple and meaningful)

Jacqueline and William Ramsey
2008

Here is another: (speaks for itself)

to a true professional from your friends at homicide unit

Here is another: (Service Award and Retirement Gift)

CHARLES L. MADISON  JANUARY 22, 2009
30 YEARS GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Here is another: (very simple and yet personal, gift of love)

Mathias 2007

Here is another:  (Board of Directors Recognition Service Award)

ANTHONY B. MENDELSON
DIRECTOR – MINNESOTA BANK
1965 – 2005

Here is another:  (Wedding Present or Wedding Gift to selves)

Judy and John
Beginning Our Life Together

Here is another:  (Wedding Anniversary Present)

To The Next 40 Years

Here is another:  (Wedding Gift from Parents of Bride and Groom)

Linda and Benjamin
Wishing You Eternal Happiness

Here is another:  (Special Wedding Anniversary Gift)

June, Time Did Not Begin Until I Met You.
All my Love, Lawrence

We would love to develop a compendium or reference tool of the best and most interesting engraved plates and their accompanying words of wisdom and/or wit.

Please share with us any grandfather clock inscriptions you feel might merit inclusion.  We also plan to more thoroughly cull through our records to find many more words commemorating weddings, anniversaries, special birthday gifts, retirement awards, and many others.  We will share what we find.

Grandfather Clocks to Rescue on National NBC TV Show

12.14.09

1-800-4CLOCKS is proud to have been a participant in making this Open House National NBC Television Show come to life.  The major contribution we made was the selection, donation, delivery and placement of one of the nicest contemporary grandfather clocks we sell, which is the Howard Miller Coco Grandfather Clocks Model  which can be seen just below:

Howard Miller Coco Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller Coco Grandfather Clock

Please be sure to tune in to this Home Rescue Special on NBC-LXTV Production  Nationally on December 20. See below for time shows near you!

‘OPENHOUSE,’ POPULAR NATIONALLY-SYNDICATED REAL ESTATE & DESIGN SHOW GIVES HOLIDAY MAKEOVER MIRACLE TO SINGLE MOTHER AFTER DEVASTATING FIRE GUTS HOME

Renowned Designer, Christopher Hyland, Teams Up with Home Improvement Guru George Oliphant, to Surprise a New Jersey Family with a Whole House Restoration Just in Time for the New Year

‘Open House-To the Rescue’ Airs Nationally on Sunday, December 20

DECEMBER 14, 2009—OpenHouse, the nationally syndicated real estate and design series seen across the country on all NBC O&Os, is giving back this holiday season when the program’s home improvement guru, George Oliphant, partners with OpenHouse contributor and prominent Manhattan-based interior designer Christopher Hyland, to create a holiday miracle for one Parsippany, NJ family.

Over 20 businesses, including lead contractor Stephen Fanuka of Fanuka, Inc., will come together to give Laurie O’Hara and her family what was taken from them just under one year ago – their home. The entire re-build and restoration, from start to finish, will be featured on a special half-hour, OpenHouse—To the Rescue on Sunday, December 20 at 8:30am on all NBC owned and operated stations (check local listings/clearance list noted at end of release).

On January 24, 2009, while Laurie O’Hara, a paralegal, and her two teenage children were out shopping for a new car to replace the one that was totaled in an accident just days before, a fire started in their laundry room spreading throughout the home’s three levels. The disastrous fire destroyed all of their belongings, including priceless heirlooms, photos and memorabilia. Sadly, one of the family dogs also lost its life to injuries received in the fire. As a single mother with a son away at college and a daughter in high school, the matriarch of the household did all she could to move past the tragedy and rebuild their lives. But when it came time to renovating her home, she needed help. As such, she wrote into OpenHouse asking if they would send host George Oliphant, who lives in nearby Montclair, for a “To the Rescue” shoot. While the highly-watched show did get back to her and offer help, little does she know the extent that they’re stepping in! This holiday season, OpenHouse is giving the gift of rebirth to this deserving family.

“The ‘To the Rescue’ segments are always rewarding,” commented Oliphant. “But this one in particular, really pulls at your heart strings. I can not wait until the family sees the final product!”

The six-room raised ranch is being outfitted by Christopher Hyland with luxurious interior design elements and architectural detail. After months of work, the master bedroom will be decked out in old Hollywood glam; the kitchen will get an art deco refinishing with bright cabinetry; her son, who is an avid hockey player, will have a room decked out with official NHL paraphernalia and Catskill-style stick furniture; her daughter’s room will incorporate her love of cheerleading with a country Swedish aesthetic; and every room will be wallpapered with varying grass cloth to add opulence, texture and a environmental sensitivity. Thanks to OpenHouse, they’ll be able to celebrate the New Year with a fresh start, in home that has been completely transformed by Oliphant and Hyland.

Hyland added: “This modern and comfortable design scheme can be at home in any upscale setting – from the existing suburban location, to Park Avenue or beachside vacation community.”

About LX.TV

Emmy Award-winning LX.TV was founded in 2006 and purchased by NBC’s Local Media Division in January 2008. LX.TV produces high-quality original content accessible on multiple platforms from on-air to online to out-of-home. LX.TV’s original programming includes “1ST LOOK,” which runs in all of NBC’s Local Media markets and “OPENHOUSE,” which currently runs on all NBC owned and operated stations, in syndication and on cable. LX.TV also produces special series and programs including the wedding series, “I Do,” and the documentary series, “My First Time” and the home improvement program, “George To The Rescue.”   LX.TV is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NBC Local Media.

OpenHouse Local Listings:

New York-WNBC, Sundays at 8:30am

Los Angeles-KNBC, Sundays at 7:30am

Chicago-WMAQ, Sundays at 7:30am

Dallas-KXAS, Sundays at 11am

San Francisco-KNTV, Sundays at 3pm

Washington D.C.-WRC, Sundays at 5:30am

San Diego-KNSD, Sundays at 6:30am

Hartford-WVIT, Sundays at 6:30am

Media Contacts:

Bonita Lynch / Stephanie Baumoel at FerenComm for LX.TV

bonital@ferencomm.com

stephanieb@ferencomm.com

212.983.9898

Grandfather Clocks Parts Movements Keys Service

12.07.09

We would suggest the following 3 resources:

  1. 1. Look on this page on our website to see if you can find an answer to your question(s): just click on -> http://www.1-800-4clocks.com/page/CLOCKS/ClockFAQ
  2. 2. You can locate a Howard Miller Authorized Service Center local to you here -> http://cql.howardmiller.com/HM/ServiceCenterLocator.aspx. NOTE that all mechanical Howard Miller clocks had Hermle movements in them until about 5 years ago, and that most any if not all of these Service Centers should be able to work on any Hermle Clock.  This Service Center Network is a great resource, and we have had an excellent experiences working with Service Centers around the Country (and also Canada) using this Service Center Network.  Probably at least half of these Service Centers can work on antique clocks too, as well as other Brands of Clocks!!!!
  3. 3. You can order Hermle (and other) Parts (e.g. movements, weights, pendulum, keys, etc.) from the following 2 suppliers -> www.BlackForestImports.com and www.Merritts.com.  While we have no relationship to them whatsoever, we personally have had good results working with them ourselves.  Their contact information is available on each of the noted  websites.  We would most definitely recommend calling them rather than attempting to order from their websites (which would likely be a fruitless effort).

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