Oh how I love the tick tock tick tock of Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, in fact, the gentle ticking of a real clock is something that really makes a home a home in my opinion. But it's not just the ticking and soft chimes of these time pieces that add so much to the ambience of a space, it's the appearance too. We have 2 Oak Grandfather Clock in our house, and I couldn't ever imagine life without them. Alas, so many folks in European countries are not bothering with any 'real' precision clocks anymore since digital clocks are attached to just about every electronic and electrical gadget we purchase. Therefore, pieces such as antique grandfather clocks and large wall clocks are mainly found in the homes of the middle aged and elderly.
However, you will find that perfect antique grandfather clocks are still part of the traditional American décor in many homes across the country. These classic timepieces can be found in different styles of houses in a variety of different settings. Antique grandfather clocks are commonly passed down from generation to generation but many clock manufacturers continue to produce these lovely heirlooms today and one such popular name is Sligh grandfather clocks which are renowned for their superior precision and cabinetry and pleasing melodic chimes.
Many homes find themselves the residences of antique grandfather clocks that are part of the family’s heritage. The old timepieces are passed down through the generations like large remembrances of the passing of time. Most families who own antique grandfather clocks are not quick to part with them so the demand is great.
But demand in North America is more than that in Western Europe, where many young couples regard such elegant works of art as ugly monstrosities and quite often get rid of them at the earliest possible opportunity.
The Europeans loss is our gain and on occasion, you can find great deals on these magnificent items at auctions and estate sales but you have to be quick and ready for some competition. Antique grandfather clocks can bring in a large sum of money for the former owner even when the price is right for the well sought after items. You can expect to spend quite a bit of money for a working piece.
Some of the antique grandfather clocks that are reduced in price often have some sort of technological problem. The beauty of these older pieces is that the work with old fashioned gears and pulleys. Some of the clocks require simple twists of a key while others require a mere tug of a pulley to set the gears in motion.
As simple as this may seem, a broken gear or a non-working pulley can wreck havoc on the item. The owners of some antique grandfather clocks find that replacement parts are often impossible to locate. The ones that are found are quite expensive to purchase. In addition, a professional usually has to be paid to repair the large timepiece as well, adding to the total investment.
Some gifted repairmen can offer the lovely service of reproducing the broken part. This saves the owners of the antique grandfather clock a lot of footwork and it can save some money. However, the cost for a reproduced part can be a little steep as well. At least the clock will be in working condition, which is all that really matters for most owners.
Speaking of reproductions, many manufacturers are creating beautiful replicas of antique grandfather clocks that are sure to take your breath away. These new timepieces come equipped with all of the elegance and charm of the traditional items. They do cost quite a bit as well but you can find a new family heirloom to pass down for your posterity.
If nothing else, I hope this short piece has made contemporary clocks such as the tiny mantle clocks, plastic kitchen clocks, the ugly digital desk clocks, travel clocks, and those ghastly neon clocks (which should be confined to a teenager's bedroom) less appealing. Bring the grandfather clock back into the house and rejuvenate the homeliness into your residence.