The Howard Miller grandfather clocks have a fine quality and when you are investing in one, you want to make sure that it’s authentic. There are different places where you can find your perfect Howard Miller grandfather clock, such as off-market stores, auctions, estate or garage sales, some online stores etc.
The Howard Miller Company has been crafting clocks in Zeeland, Michigan since 1929 which means that many changes have been made to the clocks production throughout the company’s history. In addition, the expansion of the company and the collection lines make a confirmation of authenticity even more difficult.
Premier Clocks has prepared an easy guide that will help you with authenticating any Howard Miller clock. Check out a full selection of Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks.
According to Howard Miller, every grandfather clock should feature a foil label affixed containing the information about the product. The label includes a model number and a serial number. You can find it on the outside of the shipping carton or on the back of the door, on the back or top of the Grandfather Clock, inside the top back corner or inside the grandfather clock above the back of the dial.
While the cases are crafted in Zeeland, the movements are made by the Kieninger Company in Germany. Some labels may have “Made in Germany” while the older grandfather clocks have “Kieninger” engraved onto a plate in the interior. Learn more about Grandfather Clock Movements.
When it comes to authenticating a Howard Miller grandfather clock, knowing the year of production also helps but at the same time, it might be quite tricky. The easiest way to tell the age is with the Howard Miller Clock Company registered serial number. You can simply contact the Howard Miller customer support line for the information. Otherwise, you can try to do a little research on Google or ask a clock specialist (but normally, they will charge some fee for that service).
The dial or face of grandfather clocks can tell you a lot about the maker, the model, the history or the date of production of a grandfather clock. Most of Howard Miller grandfather clocks will have the signature script of the brand’s name on the dial. On every clock for the past eight decades, there is a distinguishing mark on the dial. Look for “Howard Miller” with the manufacturer logo styled "H over M" in the center. If there isn’t a signature script, it might be a sign that a grandfather clock wasn’t crafted at the Howard Miller factory.
If you are looking for a new grandfather clock, we would definitely recommend purchasing from the Authorized Howard Miller Dealers (Premier Clocks is one of them). This way you will be sure that you get an original grandfather clock of the best quality and in addition with the manufacturer warranty. Many retailers offer some other benefits. For example, Premier Clocks, to save you from hassle, have free white glove delivery, free grandfather clock setup, free engraved brass heirloom nameplate and free heirloom record certificate with brass-finished capsule.
When it comes to buying a second-hand grandfather clock, you need to pay attention to the product information label and do a little bit of double-checking with the Howard Miller Company. Though many dealers also have a selection of vintage Howard Miller clocks within their store to choose from and can guarantee the authenticity.
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