Posted 8 months ago
This is our Herschede Pattern No. 122, Nine-Tube, Three Chime, Weight-Driven Hall Clock.
The case is made of brown Honduran Mahogany and is a towering 8 feet 5 inches tall by 27 inches wide by 17 1/2 inches deep. Tall Case, or "Grandfather" clocks measuring over 8 feet were often referred to as "Hall Clocks" because that was the only place in most houses where they could fit. In Foyers, Hallways or near Staircases.
Frank Herschede, the founder of the Herschede Hall Clock Company (originally in Cincinnati, Ohio), began selling his own clocks to the public in 1885. His family continued manufacturing clocks until 1967. Going by serial numbers (started in 1911) the Herschede family company produced well over 623,000 clocks by 1967.
In decline, the Company changed hands several times and for the most part it stopped producing clocks in 1984, although between 1989 and 1992 a brief attempt was made to start manufacturing clocks under the Herschede name again. Only about 20 were made before manufacturing was shut down for good. Replacement parts are still being manufactured by a company out of Waynesville, Ohio.
The Pattern No. 122 was an early offering from the Herschede Hall Clock Company. Herschede started offering it in 1910, about the same time they began manufacturing their own Tubular Bell movements. This was a move that ultimately allowed Herschede to stay in business through World Wars I & II when other companies who imported their movements from Germany struggled to stay solvent.
When brass was unavailable for civilian production, Herschede was able to change their lines to manufacture products for military use.
Our clock was manufactured after WW I in 1921. (Serial No. 16092).
It's one of our most prized Tall Case clocks to date.
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