It is decision time. You have decided you want to purchase a Floor Clock or Grandfather Clock. You have seen grandmother clocks and grandfather clocks in the homes of some of your friends. You maybe even grew up with a grandfather clock in your home, or that of a close relative whom you visited often. You may have a vague recollection of some of the brand names of some clocks. Was it Howard Miller Clocks or Herman Miller Clocks. Both somehow sound correct, and interestingly, they are, as Howard Miller was the son of Herman Miller who started his career at Herman Miller and quickly started focusing on making Herman Miller Grandfather Clocks, Wall Clocks, Mantel Clocks and more. Then Howard Miller set up his own company just across the Street from Herman Miller Inc, and to this day, the companies remain located across the street from one another in Zeeland, Michigan, though the founders of both companies have long since passed away.
You may also have heard of some other popular brands, such as Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Floor Clocks, and Kieninger Grandfather Clocks. What you need is the best Grandfather Clocks Resource available. At 1-800-4CLOCKS.com, we strive to make this very blog, grandfatherclocks dot com, an amazing resource where you can research virtually anything about both antique grandfather clocks as well as new Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Ridgeway Floor Clocks, Kieninger Floor Clocks and Hermle Grandfather Clocks. One can not only learn about the different high-end modern day grandfather clocks makers, but also those in the recent past, such as Bulova Grandfather Clocks and Sligh Grandfather Clocks, Seth Thomas Grandfather Clocks and antique floor clocks and vintage grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks.
Using our categories on this website, one can research and find explanations or grandfather clocks styles, such as a split pediment traditional grandfather clock, or a bonnet top grandfather clock or one of the many contemporary grandfather clocks types we both profile and sell. We address how to get grandfather clock discounts, and make sure you are getting your grandfather clock on sale. Perhaps most important, one wants to make sure both that they know they are getting a high quality grandfather clock built to last and of heirloom quality. There are too many out there that looks alone suggest are too good to be true at their price points, and to a great degree the if it looks too good to be true, it probably is, applies to grandfather clock shopping and discount grandfather clocks as well.
The quality of the grandfather clocks movements is another critical element, and we address that fully, including the best makers, which are German, the grandfather clock chimes with Westminster and Whittington and St Michaels chimes being the best known, but also Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Schubert’s Ave Maria, which have become popular on a small number of mechanical grandfather clocks.
Special features are reviewed as well, including automatic night-time shut-off of your grandfather clock, illuminated dials, lit cabinets, rotating moonphase dials, subsidiary seconds dials, tubular chimes on grandfather clocks, bim bam chimes and much more.
The quality and workmanship of the grandfather clock case, much like those that were built by hand of solid wood many generations ago, is another critical factor to consider.
Understanding the type of grandfather clock movement, whether it is cable driven or chain driven or quartz driven or a tubular chime mechanical movement – all of these take either prior knowledge or some researching or explanation to understand the relative pros and cons of each.
Antique grandfather clock shoppers face a special challenge, both in understanding what they are getting, making sure they are not overpaying, making certain the clock will not become something like a car lemon, making sure all of the main grandfather clock parts are original, and not put together in a grandfather clock chop shop equivalent, and finally, being sure they can have someone available who knows how to fix their kind of grandfather clock, and understanding what the grandfather clock repair and clock maintenance costs are likely to be both in general and compared to a brand new grandfather clock.
We also suggest specific organizations and websites, such as the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) at nawcc dot org, and their library, as a great resource for researching the history, but not the value, of your antique clock. This is but one of many clock resources we have shared.
The ultimate grandfather clock resource, we like to think, especially for understanding new clock purchases, is us at 1-800-4CLOCKS (1-800-425-6257). While we can’t help you research your existing vintage or antique grandfather clock, we are delighted to explain pros and cons of all of the choices facing a serious grandfather clock shopper.