When considering the purchase of a grandfather clock, the single most important criterion for many is that it be an heirloom quality grandfather clock that can be passed along to their children and grandchildren and beyond. This is not a far fetched goal. As the author of this blog post sits here, he has a few feet away from him a chiming antique mantel clock that was made in England in the mid-1700s and looks as though it could have been made yesterday. Even closer is a grandfather clock made by the Waltham Clock and Watch Company, most known for pocket watches but they also made some super high-end quality clocks, made over a hundred years ago and signed on its dial by Tiffany and Company. This particular clock was special-ordered by none-other than the founder of Coca Cola as a wedding gift for his daughter. She kept it for her whole life, including keeping it in the lobby of the downtown Atlanta hotel she lived in during the later part of her life.
Even today it is possible to buy grandfather clocks that with proper care and maintenance should last 100 years and possibly much longer. While we could guarantee it, it would not be a meaningful guarantee for obvious reasons. The sad reality is that many grandfather clocks sold today may not last more than a few years. the good news is that all the makers and brands we carry are of the highest quality and construction, and depending upon the type, would fall into the category of the kind of clock that should truly be an heirloom quality grandfather clock that can be passed along through many many generations.
And this is not to say that you still should not seek grandfather clock discounts, and we frequently have many of these grandfather clocks on sale. Visit one of our 1-800-4CLOCKS store locations and you may even get a better discount.
So who are the makers of these highest quality grandfather clocks? One is a brand we introduced and will soon be featuring much more prominently on our website and known as Museum Clocks Grandfather Clocks. Other brands include Howard Miller grandfather clocks, the Ridgeway grandfather clock collection, Hermle grandfather clocks, and Kieninger grandfather clocks. Grandfather clock makers that people still think of today but no longer, at least as we write this, produce grandfather clocks, include Seth Thomas grandfather clocks, Sligh grandfather clocks and Bulova grandfather clocks. While these grandfather clock collections featured some clocks which were very high quality, for different reasons each of these makers exited the grandfather clocks market. We would not be at all surprised if one or more of these brands is resurrected in the coming years once again producing grandfather clocks.
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