Grandfather clocks

Grandfather Clocks in Oval Office Obama Private White House Office

04.27.09

In the past, this grandfather clocks blog has shown that the White House has been home to a Grandfather Clock, perhaps well over a hundred years.  From looking at the latest issue of Time Magazine, we were pleased to see that not only is there the grandfather clock in the Oval Office, but there is also another one in President Obama’s Private Office as well, shown in a photo with him sitting behind a desk with a painting of former President Ulysses S Grant in the background.

This strongly suggests that The White House has been home to grandfather clocks for well over a 100 years.  And that the President’s have always seen fit to keep these clock masterpieces on display throughout the generations.

Howard Miller Clocks currently has makes Limited Editions of Presidential Grandfather Clocks, with grandfather clocks named for Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy (sold out), and we believe Gerald Ford being the most recent introduction.

We would vote for a Barack Obama limited edition grandfather clock to be made, if not by Howard Miller, then by another major clocks manufacturer.  Perhaps if over time no one fills this need, then perhaps 1-800-4CLOCKS will manufacture this clock ourselves.  Any potential buyers out there? Let us know!

Granfather Clocks in White House Obamas Private Office Ulysses S Grant Painting

Grandfather Clocks in White House Obama's Private Office Ulysses S Grant Painting

As no office should be without a grandfather clock, the White House Oval Office also proudly displays a grandfather clock all the time, and has through the administrations of many Presidents.  Here below is are photos of grandfather clocks hard at work in the Oval Office with President Obama and others.

President Obama Chief of Staff and grandfather clock on St Patricks Day

President Obama Chief of Staff and grandfather clock on St Patricks Day

Sasha Obama admiring grandfather clock while being praised by President Obama

Sasha Obama admiring grandfather clock while being praised by President Obama

5 comments so far

Hi,
I noticed that the grandfather clock in the Oval Office may not be working? The moon phase in each photo that I’ve seen of it is the same. Do you know if this one may be an antique that is too old to run properly? I’ve got a grandfather clock that’s about 150 years old, so I know they have their quirks!
Thanks,
Laura

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I am searching for a grandfather clock that i beieve was purchased from a family member in Iowa. I remember seeing this clock, well over thirty years ago, at my husband’s uncle’s house. This clock stood well over 10ft tall. The roof of a house had to be removed in order to place this clock. I would appreciate any information on this. We were told it was placed in the White House.

Who is the makerof the grandfather clock I’n the ovaloffice

who are the makers of the two grandfather clocks mentioned, oval office and private office



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