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Howard Miller means Clocks Plus

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The Howard Miller Clock Company, as it had been formally organized for many years, has evolved from its origins.  Some are aware that Howard Miller was the son of Herman Miller of Herman Miller Furniture fame, and Howard Miller started his career making clocks as part of a new Clock Division at Herman Miller.  Eventually, Howard Miller moved just across the street in Zeeland Michigan, and started his own company, Howard Miller Clocks, to focus on the clock market specifically, to which he was most dedicated and enthusiastic.

Almost 100 years later, both Herman Miller and Howard Miller live and thrive as companies still within the general framework of their founders. One fact worth noting is that Howard Miller Clocks still does much of its own manufacturing in the USA, allowing most of its grandfather clocks to sport the Made in USA logo.  Seems especially worthy of not given this post is being written during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Howard Miller Clocks is probably best known for its historical domination of the high-end grandfather clock market.  The cache with the Howard Miller clock name is undoubted, and many people gravitate to Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks because of the reputation and well-known and respected name, in addition to making the largest selection of high-end grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks in the market today.  This is true whether you are looking at mechanical chiming grandfather clocks with Westminster Chimes or Triple Chimes, or a grandfather clock or grandmother clocks with special features such as automatic nighttime shutoff, illuminated dials, rotating moon phase dials, or lit cabinets.  Tubular Chime grandfather clocks is one area where one of its competitors is gaining ground, with Hermle Clocks offering a nice selection of Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks.  Both Howard Miller Clocks and Hermle Clocks offer German Mechanical movements, with Howard Miller having Kieninger Grandfather Cl0ck movements and Hermle Grandfather Clocks having movements made by Hermle itself in its main German headquarters and manufacturing location.  Kieninger, though owned by Howard Miller Clocks, is also a German company, and by itself offers a magnificent collection of German-made grandfather clocks.  Interestingly, during this period in recent years, Hermle Clocks has also started to make some of its best high-quality Grandfather Clocks here in the USA, in its Amherst Virginia USA headquarters, warehouse and manufacturing location.

The Howard Miller Clocks story has evolved, and in quite interesting ways.  In addition to grandfather clocks, wall clocks, and mantel clocks, the company makes Television Consoles, Furniture and upholstery for the Home and institutional marketplace, Wine and Bar Furnishing. Clock Urns,  Mirrors, and Home Storage units, just to name the main ones.

Interestingly, and most likely on purpose, Howard Miller and Herman Miller today still do not overlap in any meaningful way in their offerings.

Howard Miller seems to be transforming itself into a Lifestyle Brand.  The new Howard Miller Logo with the words Enhancing Life at Home™, shows the transformation the grandfather clock wall clock, and mantel clock industry giant is successfully making.

Howard Miller Clocks is Evolving into a Lifestyle Brand

Howard Miller Clocks is Evolving into a Lifestyle Brand

 

 

 

Clockes

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Clocks Blog is proud to highlight the widely used but not well known term clockes, whether we are talking about grandfather clockes and wall clockes and mantel clockes and atomic clockes.  Even antique clockes including antique grandfather clockes, antique wall clockes and antique mantel clockes.  Talking about the same clocks, but shown with an alternate spelling.

While we deal in antique clockes of all varieties, including antique grandfather clocks, grandmother clockes, atomic clocks, wall clocks, regulators, neon clockes, novelty clockes, astrolabiums, congreve clocks, telleriums, new grandfather clockes by Howard Miller Clock Companymand those Ridgeway Grandfather Clockes and Kieninger Clocks and Americana Grandfather Clockes, not to mention the Hermle Grandfather Clockes collection.

We are known as both America’s Top Clock Shop™ and America’s Top Grandfather Clocks Shop™ .  Perhaps we should also trademark Americas Top Clocke Shop™ and Americas Top Grandfather Clockes Shop™.  Better sooner rather than later!  We have seen this alternate spelling for clockes, or clocks, the world over, and yet even we are not sure where it originated. Anyone who has any knowledge on this clock fact and would care to share would make us and our clocks blog readers very appreciative.  Our best sense, as the author of this post is quite familiar with the clock world, especially in both North America and Britain and the United Kingdom, our best is that it is a spelling used in a non-English language.  Does not make it any less interesting for someone who is intrigued by new and antique clockes and clocks of all types.

Of course we realize there are mechanical clocke movements or movements for wall clockes and mechanical and quartz clockes movements.  The most common grandfather clocke chime by far being the Westminster Grandfather Clock, and with the movements today being made in any real quantity originating from Germle, and either Kieninger or Hermle.

I suppose 1-800-4CLOCKS is fortunate in that it represents just the right number of characters so that we can be reached at 1-800-4CLOCKS, or 1-800-425-6257.  Using the clockes terminology, we would not have been able to use that same marketing tie and and customer service and support that so many of our clockes customers have come to cherish over the years.  Having the greatest selection of high-end heirloom quality grandfather clocks, with the best savings, the greatest value, with grandfather clocks on sale every day, and discount grandfather clocks and wall clocks and atomic and mantle clocks, along with lowest prices and the best customer service, it is no wonder why we have such a high percentage of repeat customers and referrals year after year after year.

Clockes History - Look and Learn.  Clockes is plural of Clocke.

Clockes History – Look and Learn. Clockes is plural of Clocke.

Howard Miller Curio Cabinets and Grandfather Clocks

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

When furniture shopping and clock shopping, many buyers find the best of both worlds when they either come upon Curio Grandfather Clocks made by Hermle Clocks or Howard Miller Clocks, or when they happen on the great selection of curio cabinets, with Howard Miller Curios and Curio Cabinets offers the widest range of choices at great savings.

Some of the most interesting and space-saving Curio cabinets, some of which are still offered today, include Corner Curio Cabinets and Grandfather Clocks with curio cabinets made especially to fit snugly into a corner.  While a great selection of corner curio cabinets made by companies such as Howard Miller still are offered today, it is difficult to find corner curio grandfather clock, as these clocks are seldom made today.

One decor and interior decorating dynamic brought out in the above discussion is that grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks, whether they have a curio component or not, and by themselves thought of my most home decorators and interior designers as fine furniture pieces of heirloom quality.  Indeed, one question we ate 1-800-4CLOCKS frequently get is what is the reason behind the cost difference between two grandfather clocks of the same brand, seemingly with the same movement, and yet they are thousands of dollars apart in price.  In the cases where everything else is the same, the answer generally is in the extra or additional wood and its quality, the workmanship that can go into the carving, or the special and variety of woods, carvings, inlays and other materials that can make some clocks look especially appealing to the eye.

Many other furniture and clock companies make many different styles of curio cabinets, and grandfather clock curious, perhaps better termed curio grandfather clocks, and we believe some of the most fascinating to look at.

Aside from Howard Miller Clocks, Ridgeway Clocks also makes a small but excellent collection of curio grandfather clocks.  Additionally, Bulova Clocks, Museum Clocks, and Sligh Clocks made grandfather clocks with curio shelved built into each of certain models of grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks.  They remain popular today, for new sales, as new old stock (nos), and in the aftermarket for grandfather clock sales.

Here below are pictures and links to some of our favorite grandfather clock curios which are currently available:

Howard Miller Majestic II Grandfather Clock Shown here in Cherry, and also available in Oak Wood

List: $5,561.00
SALE: $3,892.70

Ridgeway Decorah Curio Grandfather Clock
List: $3,990.00
SALE: $2,793.00

Furniture cabinets that are more strictly fine furniture come in many shapes and sizes.  The Howard Miller Curio Cabinet collection including Howard Miller’s well known Furniture Trend Designs, as well corner designed display Curio Cabinets, as well as 8 shelf curio cabinets, as well as what Howard Miller Clocks calls certain display curio cabinets as Traditional Curio Cabinets wall, the Stylewise Curio Cabinet selection, and the Visual Display Curio Cabinets to display many of your favorite keepsakes and collectibles.  So our recommendations for purchasing a curio cabinet are similar thematically to purchasing a grandfather clock or grandmother clock.  Aside from excellent value for money spent, if one is looking for a well-built long-lasting heirloom quality display curio cabinet, by clicking on the View All Display Curio Cabinets link below, it will take you to the the entire selection of curio cabinets, not including the few with clocks – which we may soon add there as well.

View All Display Cabinets Curios
Any feedback on curios of any kind, and we would be delighted to hear from you.

Jewel of the Romanesque Revival

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
For the Crane Memorial Library in Quincy, Mass., architect Henry Hobson Richardson adapted elements of the Beaux Arts style and made it into a personal statement of deceptive simplicity.

New Nordic Comes Home

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
At Fäviken Magasinet, the food is cutting-edge and hyper-local. But the Swedish restaurant's new cookbook is full of practical tips.

From China With Love

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Today's anxieties about the rise of China were foreshadowed a century ago, in the figure of threatening plotter Fu-Manchu. Jeffrey Wasserstrom on the reissued novels of Sax Rohmer.

London’s newly restored William Morris Gallery reopens

Friday, October 5th, 2012
On the brink of closure five years ago, the gallery has undergone a restoration befitting one of England’s greatest craftsmen

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show returns to the Park Avenue Armory October 19

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
The 24th annual International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show returns to the Park Avenue Armory

Antique Grandfather Clock

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Antique grandfather clocks have many charms. Having an antique grandfather clock or antique floor clock in your home or office is like having a living piece of history as part of your decor. Depending upon the age and provenance of the antique grandfather or grandmother clock, given that some grandfather clocks go back to the 1600s, and we in fact sold one from the late 1600s several years ago, the grandfather clock could have been owned in some cases by 10, 20, 30 or even 40 generations of owners.  These antique grandfather clocks are true family heirlooms.  If only they could talk, who knows what tales of both family and world history they could tell or might have observed.

The earliest antique grandfather clocks were made in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as well as the Black Forest region of Germany, Austria, Holland, Switzerland and other parts of Western Europe.  No doubt some additional countries also had additional pioneers and makers in the grandfather clocks and floor standing regulator and floor clocks industry, also known back then and still today as tall-case and longcase clocks.

What are the differences between today’s floor clocks or grandfather clocks and those made, say, 75 to 150 years ago?  And why do buyers of grandfather clocks, at least in the USA, tend to gravitate more towards brand new grandfather clocks made by makers such as Howard Miller Clocks, Ridgeway Clocks, Hermle Clocks and Kieninger Clocks?  The grandfather clock purchase decision criteria that we have observed are multifaceted.  Buyers of brand new clocks tend to favor the convenience of purchasing a brand new grandfather clock, after aggressive shopping for grandfather clock discounts and grandfather clocks on sale, where the chance of any special maintenance or repair or restoration or malfunction is essentially close to zero if purchasing a high-end grandfather clock, such as a Howard Miller Grandfather Clock or one in the line of Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks.

So convenience and knowing what you are getting seem to be one driving force.  Others are that newer clocks tend to come with lots of bells and whistles, most of which did not even exist in antique grandfather clocks, and some others which would make such antique clocks prohibitively expensive today.  Grandfather clock chimes may be the best single example, with most high-end grandfather clocks being made today having Westminster Chimes, and frequently being triple chime grandfather clocks also including chimes such as Whittington, St Michaels, and even Ave Maria and Ode to Joy clock chimes.  Working moon phase dials are another plus.  Illuminated dials and cabinets did not exist until recent years.  The same is true of the automatic night shut-off chime option built into many of the nicer floor clocks offered today as brand new grandfather clocks.

Grandfather clock cases made today can certainly rival many of those made in the past.  In fact, many of today’s clocks are modeled after some of the nicest traditional and historical grandfather clocks from years gone by.

Having said that, there is something to be said both for the individual handcrafted antique clocks which may truly be housed in amazing grandfather clock cases.  At the same time, today there are available contemporary grandfather clocks which have a design, look and feel one would never find in an antique grandfather clock.

We addressed chimes, but one of the biggest differences between antique grandfather clocks and today’s high-end grandfather clocks is in the volume not so much of the chimes, because most antique grandfather clocks did not have chimes, but rather the volume of the hourly gong and strike.  Antique clocks, and even many vintage clocks, have a much much higher decibel level or volume on average.  The reason is relatively straightforward.  Historically, people relied on their grandfather clocks to know the time, and they wanted to hear it unmistakably and throughout their house, within reason.  Today’s grandfather clock owners frequently have their grandfather clocks in their living rooms, and not only are their other clocks and watches, but there is their new Apple iPhone 5 and large Sony or Samsung flat-screen television, not to mention the time shown on their personal computers or Macs, or xBox or Playstation in the room as well, all competing for attention.  So the makers of grandfather clock movements, Hermle Clocks and Kieninger Clocks in particular being the last 2 remaining makers, both of them German, of grandfather clock movements who make them in any large quantity (and worth having in a floor clock).  So this is an important difference.

There will always be a place for antique grandfather clocks and antique floor clocks and antique grandmother clocks.  But buyers of these clocks really need to do their homework to make sure they are buying what they think they are buying, that they know its advantages and disadvantages, are are not taken for a ride by an unscrupulous seller or antiques dealer.  Many antique grandfather clocks are what’s known as marriages, where the movement of one clock has been put in the case of another.  This drastically lowers the collectible value of any grandfather clock.  Another risk is buying into a money pit, where more and more work may be required to get the clock working to a satisfactory level.  This risk also drives many individuals to but only brand new grandfather clocks.

Do you have an opinion about new vs antique grandfather clocks?  Please feel free to leave any comments and open a discussion thread.  As we deal in both antique clocks of all kinds, including wall clocks and mantel clocks, and even tower clocks and street clocks, we are open to all perspectives, and want to keep a healthy dialogue and marketplace for collectors of antiques as well as those more focused on interior design and decor.

Antique grandfather clocks floor clock by Jonas Pollard of Crediton England in Mahogany, circa 1800

Ridgeway Floor Clock

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks company has the little-known distinction of being the American grandfather clock company that has made and crafted and manufactured grandfather clocks for the most number of years continuously and without interruption.  While companies like Seth Thomas Clocks have been around longer, and made many many wonderful Seth Thomas grandfather clocks and floor clocks over many years, they did have interruptions in production.  Howard Miller Clocks is younger.  Hermle Clocks, a German grandfather clock company, only started their Made in America series this past year.  Sligh Grandfather Clocks and Floor Clocks are no longer in business.  Herman Miller Grandfather Clocks were made in only very small numbers.  Herschede came and went.  Bulova Floor Clocks also came and exited the floor clock and grandfather clock business.  Emperor grandfathers Clocks, Pearl Grandfather and Floor Clocks, Trend Floor Clocks, and newer upstarts like Americana Grandfather Clocks.

The author of this post also believes he recollects the trademark phrase that was used by Ridgeway Clocks, being the “Heartbeat of the Home“.  Very elegantly stated, and meaningful to many floor clock and grandfather clock and grandmother clock owners over many generations.

Kieninger Floor Clocks has been making clocks for many many years, but we do not know if this German company, for whom we are an Authorized Dealer, made grandfather clocks and floor clocks continuously through these years.  Probably not too likely given the time period included WWII, among many many other variables.  Kieninger is known also as one of the finest mechanical floor clock movement makers remaining, as is Hermle Clocks.

Museum Clocks grandfather clocks and floor clocks is a great brand that we were proud to introduce, but as of this moment we are no longer producing these clocks.  We may gear up production on new floor clocks soon.  We will see what happens with the global economy.

Elliot Clocks is another British Maker of fine grandfather and floor clocks, but we have not seen their clocks in many years.

There are other clock makers out there like Commiti and Hentschel and Sinclair and Harding that make high quality pieces, yet we are not aware of the historic timeline of their floor clock production.

If anyone is aware of a book, or even a college or graduate school horological floor clock and grandfather clocks thesis on the floor and grandfather clock and grandmother clock history in the 20th century and beyond, we would be extremely interest in getting a copy, and perhaps even publicizing it if the author so desires (with appropriate copyright permissions, of course)

Ridgeway Beverly Hills Grandfather Clock model R2511   plays Westminster Chimes on a German mechanical cable-driven 8 day movement
List: $6,265.00
SALE: $4,385.50