Grandfather clocks

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

11.12.08

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!

Grandfather Clocks in Our Nation’s History

10.09.08

I was in Philadelphia recently where I was able to tour the many spots synonymous with the birth of our nation – Independence Hall where they signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Carpenter’s Hall that hosted the first Continental Congress, and what was once the home of Benjamin Franklin – writer, printer, inventor, scientist, politician, and diplomat. In touring through the museum dedicated to Franklin, I was amazed to see that they had in their possession many of the items that were actually in his home – from pieces of furniture to some of his many inventions that he crafted throughout his lifetime.

One of the items that I was most drawn to was a stunning grandfather clock – called a tall case clock at that time. Handcrafted for Franklin in 1750 it was made by Edward Duffield – a member of Franklin’s Junto Society; a group of gentlemen that met on a regular basis to discuss ways to improve life in Philadelphia.

What struck me was the high quality of this grandfather clock and the fact that it was in such spectacular condition. Clearly it had been lovingly restored and well maintained by those in charge of gathering these historic relics. But even so it was still just as beautiful as I imagined it was standing in Benjamin Franklin’s home.

There are few pieces like grandfather clocks – that span the history of this country so completely. Today’s grandfather clocks are the modern versions of those simple – yet glorious – early designs. But we know that they will represent yet another time in history when grandfather clocks were a part of the décor of our homes.

The Love for a Grandfather Clock

09.18.08

Did you ever love an inanimate object so much that it may as well be human? A stuffed animal when you were a child, perhaps? A favorite blanket? Well, that’s how I felt about the grandfather clock that was in my grandparents’ house. My grandparents lived on a huge piece of property in Maine in a log cabin that my grandfather had built with his own two hands. It’s safe to say that it was my favorite place in the whole world as a child and I still have the fondest of memories of the summers I spent there, barefoot among the blueberries.

But for anyone who has spent any significant time in Maine they can attest to the fact that it is dark at night. Not just ordinary dark. Dark, dark. Black dark. The kind of dark that feels like a blanket and almost convinces you that you have gone blind sometime in the middle of the night. As a child, I was terrified of the dark, and as I usually slept in the foldout couch in my grandparents’ living room, I was not lacking for darkness. And so, my grandparents would leave the light on in the grandfather clock; that is to say, the light inside the hood of the clock that would illuminate its face and punctuate its artwork with an otherworldly glow.

Needless to say that this grandfather clock and I became very good friends. I would talk to him at night and he would stare at me unblinking before playing me a gentle tune at the top of the hour. That grandfather clock always felt like my own personal sentry that was standing guard over me through the night. I just loved it so.

Unfortunately, in the later years, after my grandparents’ death the clock was sold in an estate sale. I was too young at the time to take ownership of it and it broke my heart. And so I did the next best thing by making a grandfather clock – of very similar design – my very first purchase when I bought my first home. After all, it would not have been the same without it.

Grandfather Clocks Stand Up to Time

08.13.08

There are those pieces that we purchase in our lifetime that we know will last until we are old and gray. In fact, we anticipate giving said pieces to our children after our passing, considering them to be more than just things that we enjoyed but family heirlooms that will far outlast their purchase.

Grandfather clocks are just such pieces; built to stand the test of time and serve our purposes as well as the purposes of future generations to which they will be passed. Some families already have a grandfather clock in their midst – having had one passed down to them from an older generation. But for those of us who would like to get the tradition started now for our own families, there is nothing stopping us from finding the grandfather clock of our dreams online where there are many styles available to us.

Through online suppliers, consumers are able to seek out those grandfather clocks that suit their home’s style – everything from traditional and classic to contemporary and modern. In this day and age, there is literally nothing that we cannot find when it comes to grandfather clock styles. High end clock manufacturers such as Howard Miller and Kieninger are sure to supply their customers with the high quality grandfather clocks they expect but in styles they may be unaware existed.

Once purchased, grandfather clocks will hold up well under a variety of circumstances – adding a high level of sophistication and elegance to the homes they grace; and, more importantly, offering that same level of elegance to the homes of future members of the family.

Give Grandfather Clocks a Place of Honor

08.07.08

Grandfather clocks – for many of us – hold a special place of honor in our hearts; they may have been a permanent fixture in the home of a special loved one and something with which we grew up as children. Whatever the case, often just hearing that chime upon the hour is enough to send us into revelry of a childhood past.

So it’s really unsurprising that so many of us choose to have a grandfather clock in our own home as adults. We are able to pull pieces of our childhood into our present adulthood and meld these two worlds into a home that brings us comfort and joy.

So if a grandfather clock has such a special place in our heart, why shouldn’t it also have a place of honor in our homes? There are many ways in which to use grandfather clocks in a home’s décor but more often than not homeowners put their grandfather clocks in a corner where they can essentially anchor a room.

While it’s true that grandfather clocks do work well in a corner – due mostly to their size – they are large enough and certainly spectacular enough in terms of style to hold their own in a place of honor in a room. Consider, for example, placing a grandfather clock in a entranceway where it can be seen by those who just enter the home, in a family room where family and friends spend the most amount of time, in a dining room where it will best fit with the more formal furniture usually reserved for this room, or in a study/library where it can be lit warmly and admired by all.

Use Grandfather Clocks in a Period Home

08.02.08

For some homeowners, new construction is the only way to go; allowing them to move into a home that is completely fresh and new – each element chosen especially by the homeowners throughout the construction process. For others, this type of home is lacking in character; they prefer to buy a home that has stood for many years – perhaps even restoring that home to the time period in which it was originally built.

Buying a period home, as anyone who has done it will tell you, is a big commitment and generally (unless the work has been done by previous owners) comes with the requirement of significant time and big money. But when it’s done right – when the molding and the flooring and all the details are restored to something that may have been used during the time when the home was first built, the result can be magic.

When the actual construction work is done the real love is in the details that are placed throughout the home. In general, homeowners will try to include those pieces that look at home in terms of decorative styles of this particular era.

One of the pieces that can be quite spectacular in this regard is grandfather clocks, as these were pieces that were just as likely to be seen in a home generations past as they are today. Certainly antique grandfather clocks can be beautiful but modern replicas allow us to enjoy the glamour and sophistication of grandfather clocks while still having the modern technology on which we can count.

Grandfather Clocks: For Young & Old

07.25.08

Grandfather clocks often seem to have the reputation of being somewhat antiquated pieces of furniture; those pieces that are reserved for the older generation and are more often than not found in the homes of elderly relatives. The younger generation may fail to make the connection between the grandfather clocks of yesterday and those grandfather clocks of today that encompass more contemporary design principles. But the fact of the matter is that the grandfather clock is just as viable a design choice for the younger generation as it is for the older generation.

Grandfather clocks, in fact, are one of those pieces that have successfully evolved over time – continually being updated to appeal to a younger, more modern audience. Clock design professionals such as Howard Miller clocks, Kieninger clocks, and Ridgeway clocks have all made a concerted effort – and have found success in doing so – in making sure their clock designs are reflective of what their buying audience wants at the time, without sacrificing the underlying integrity of the grandfather clock.

This means that the modern consumer can logon on to an online supplier of grandfather clocks and certainly find traditional grandfather clock designs that perhaps fit in more classic older homes – or those homes that are looking to utilize a traditional design; but they can just as easily find more contemporary grandfather clock designs that are reflective of modern design principles and will fit seamlessly into more contemporary homes. Ultimately no matter your age or the design concept of your home, there is a grandfather clock that will surely help you meet your design goals and, more importantly, make you very happy.

For the Love of Grandfather Clocks, Part II

07.18.08

In the last post we discussed the difficulties that can sometimes be presented shopping for a grandfather clock in areas of the country that are lacking in specialty stores. I was on a mission to find my friend the grandfather clock she so wanted for her new home and I was turning to the Internet.

Online I had access to some of the best shopping I could hope to have; grandfather clocks in a variety of different styles were offered by reputable suppliers that built their reputation on providing their customers with access to some of the most well noted clock manufacturers of our time.

I was able to browse through the big leagues of clock making including Howard Miller clocks, Kieninger clocks, and Ridgeway clocks – all in different styles and at different price points; it was truly the easiest thing I had done and I could show my friend those grandfather clocks that I thought would really be what she would want to see in her new living room.

We browsed through traditional grandfather clocks, contemporary grandfather clocks and even those grandfather clocks that are designed to look antique. In the end, my friend actually chose two grandfather clocks – one for her living room and another for her dining room – in similar woods but completely different styles as she was going for a more traditional, formal look in her living room and a more retro vibe in her dining room.

There truly is no better way to shop for grandfather clocks in this day and age than online where you have access to some of the highest quality products on the market. And shopping in this way allows you to take your time, browse the selection, and compare styles and prices before deciding on the grandfather clock that is most likely to give you the room of your dreams.

Grandfather Clocks That I Have Loved

07.17.08

My family has always loved grandfather clocks; I remember quite clearly there being a grandfather clock in every one of my family member’s homes – from my grandparents’ house to my own parents’ house. So a part of my childhood were grandfather clocks, that I could not conceive of starting my own home without having a clock that was all mine.

There are still a variety of grandfather clocks from which to choose – just as there was when my parents chose a grandfather clock to place in their living room. But today’s manufacturers are giving their modern customers more contemporary choices in terms of materials and styles. And the popularity of the Internet has spilled over into the world of clock retailers. There are a host of high-end suppliers that make their clocks available to the modern consumer online where they can browse through the product selection by style, manufacturer, and even price.

That makes shopping for grandfather clocks today easier than ever. So when I was ready to move into my first home I knew exactly what I was looking for in terms of a grandfather clock and exactly where to go to find it. I went online to the supplier that I had found, browsed through the contemporary selections of grandfather clocks (I wanted something that paid homage to the traditional grandfather clock style but still held its own amidst my more modern décor), found the grandfather clock that I wanted at the price that I could afford and purchased it within a matter of moments.

The clock of my dreams was shipped right to my door and now I am honoring family history by having a grandfather clock in my very own home.

Grandfather Clocks or Grandmother Clocks: Make a Room Sing

07.11.08

Clocks have long been used in rooms around the world to serve a purpose and create a mood. Grandfather clocks have historically been the most notable of such clocks – expensive pieces that were once only able to be purchased by the wealthiest of homes. As time went on, however, grandfather clocks became more affordable and homes everywhere were making them a staple in their décor.

Today, grandfather clocks are affordable pieces that can be found online through comprehensive suppliers – suppliers that are dedicated to providing high quality pieces at competitive prices. Such grandfather clocks are able to stand on their own and make a statement in any room and in any home, regardless of their style. From traditional to contemporary, a home of any kind will be well served by the proper placement of a grandfather clock.

One of the things that make a grandfather clock so popular is its size – standing at least 6 feet tall, grandfather clocks have power and presence. This allows a grandfather clock to pack a real punch in terms of visual impact in a room. But what if you like the look of a grandfather clock but feel that its size is just a little too much for the room you have in mind? Enter the grandmother clock.

A grandmother clock is similarly styled clock to the traditional grandfather clock but in a smaller size. This decrease in size allows homeowners to place them in smaller spaces without worrying that it will take over the room. Rather, grandmother clocks – as well as grandfather clocks – can just as easily be a complementing accessory as they can a star attraction in any room.

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