Grandfather clocks make a distinctive statement of confidence and it is important to get one that will suit your individual style. There are many things to consider when choosing a grandfather clock, and Premier Clocks have covered most of them here. Now, we would want to look into what brands of grandfather clocks exist and their advantages and disadvantages.
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Howard Miller Clock Company is the largest grandfather clock manufacturer with a long history. It was founded in 1926 as the Herman Miller Clock Company, and in 1960, the company started manufacturing grandfather clocks. The craft and reputation of Howard Miller grandfather clocks was passed down through three generations of clock makers.
Howard Miller grandfather clocks are considered to be one of the best available today in the market and heirlooms that are worthy to be treasured for generations. Let’s look at what are the pros and cons of Howard Miller grandfather clocks.
Hermle is a German grandfather clock builder founded by Franz Hermle nearly 100 years ago in the Black Forest. Hermle Clock Company is one of the leading manufacturers of German grandfather clocks that trades in over 80 countries worldwide and are exquisite in quality.
Ridgeway is the oldest continuous producer of grandfather clocks in the USA that started exclusive production in 1960. Now, Ridgeway is owned by Howard Miller and has its own division in the company. But nevertheless, Ridgeway grandfather clocks are very unique timepieces that are made to the high quality standards.
Kieninger Clock Company started its history in 1912 and was founded in Germany. The company used the expertise of Black Forest clock makers to create the brand of grandfather clocks that were not only precise and accurate but also were beautiful. Howard Miller acquired The Kieninger Clock Company in 1993.
Seth Thomas Clock Company was named after an American clockmaker that was famous in the 19th century. In January 2009, the company stopped their production and went into receivership but already in May 2009, it was reopened under The Colibri Group.
The Bulova Grandfather Clocks is named after Joseph Bulova, it was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875. A 23-year-old man wanted to fulfill his dream and open his own jewelry store on maiden lane in New York City. Grandfather clocks were made in a privately owned factory in Canada. Grandfather Clock factory closed in late 2010. Today, Bulova designs, manufactures, and markets a number of different brands like Caravelle, Wittnauer Swiss, Accutron, and their signature “Bulova”.
Sligh grandfather clocks got their start as part of the furniture making venture of Charles Sligh. Sligh Clock Company has since ceased producing and all Sligh design rights are now owned by the Bulova Clock Company.
There are a number of Chinese clock companies that produce grandfather clocks. However, it is more like grandfather clock shaped objects with two or three faux/decorative weights hanging from a thin chain. These are sold under different names, for example Kassel Grandfather Clocks, Edward Meyer Grandfather Clocks and others. But these are just names that are being used by these Chinese companies and have nothing to do with the real brands that produce grandfather clocks.
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