Herschede Grandfather Clocks
Herschede grandfather clocks were manufactured by the American-based Herschede Hall Clock Company.
History & Description
The company was founded by Frank Herschede who had trained as a watch and clock repairman in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1900, Herschede purchased the cabinet shop that he had been working in and the following year exhibited in the South Carolina and West Indian Exposition in Charleston, where he received his first of several gold medals for his clocks.
In 1902, the same year that Frank’s son, Walther, joined the cabinet shop, the Herschede Hall Clock Company was incorporated.
Following Frank Herschede's death in 1922, Walter was named president in 1923 and in 1925 the company produced its first electric movement chime clocks.
In 1973, the Herschede Hall clock company merged with Briarwood Lamps and Howard furniture to form Arnold Industries Inc. The last Herschede clocks were produced in 1984 before the company went bankrupt.
Guide for collectors
Herschede grandfather clocks made between 1900 and 1925 are highly sought after collectibles due to their high-build quality, fine craftsmanship and superior materials. Instances of Herschede grandfather clocks, also known as tall case clocks, are quite common at national auction houses and they are also occasionally advertised on eBay.
For more information on Herschede clocks, visit the following websites; Champs Clocks, Herschede Hall Clocks and Angel Fire.
Notable auction sales
On September 16th 2006 at DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan, an early Herschede carved oak grandfather clock, circa 1900, realised a price of $10,000.
On October 7th 2007 at Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, a Herschede Classical Revival carved mahogany grandfather clock, circa 1900, realised a price of $10,000.
On April 12th 2007 at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Herschede Gothic pattern grandfather clock realised a price of $8,000.
On May 14th 2011 at DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan, a Herschede burl walnut grandfather clock realised a price of $6,500.