Antique Herschede Clocks

A Brief History of the Herschede Hall Clock Company

Frank Herschede was born on July 30, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 16, he started to work as an apprentice watch and clock repairman.

In 1877, he went into business for himself. He sold jewelry, watches, and diamonds  and in 1885 he moved the store to larger quarters at the corner of Arcade and Vine. At the same time, he started to import movements and have his cases made in a cabinet shop on Front Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. The clock business expanded to the point that Frank bought out the cabinet shop in 1900.

In 1901, he exhibited in the South Carolina and West Indian Exposition at Charleston, South Carolina, where he received a gold medal for his hall clocks. This was the first of several awards for his clock making.

The factory moved from Front Street to 1011-1015 Plum Street in 1903. Several medals were won by Herschede in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904; a gold medal for the best hall clock, a gold medal for the best hall clock cases, and a silver medal for tubular chimes.

In 1909 expanding into making clock movements. The first movement was assembled and passed final inspection on January 10, 1911. In 1913, the third melody was added to the Whittington and Westminster chimes. "Cantebury Chimes" was composed by Charles Eisen, "a gifted American pianist," especially for Herschede.

At the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the quality of the line again resulted in two major awards: grand prize was presented to the Herschede Hall Clock Company for chime hall clocks and mantel clocks, and a gold medal was awarded for the hall clock cabinets manufactured by the company.

By the early 1920's branch sales offices were opened, first in New York City, then in Chicago and San Francisco. Frank Herschede died in 1922, and Walter was named president in January of 1923.

In 1925, Walter started to work with Mr. Warren with the electric movement chime clocks. By April of 1926, the Revere Clock Company came into being.

On 1934, Walter's son, Dick Herschede, started working with his father. Many years later the plant moved to Starkville, Mississippi in May of 1960.

In 1973, Herschede merged with Howard Furniture and Briarwood Lamps into Arnold Industries, Inc.

In 1983, Herschede implemented a plan to restructure the Herschede Hall Clock division from a manufacturer of the finished clocks to a supplier of quality tubular bell movements to the industry.

On August 21, 1984, a letter was written by: Richard L. Herschede. Jr. (President) to certify that the three clocks listed below were the last three clocks shipped from the Herschede factory in Starkville, Mississippi, and that "The Clock" Model #250 Serial # A642698-35 being the very last of the three shipped from the factory.

Herschede 9 tube Grandfather Clock movement with Dial  ONLY Model Haverford

Herschede 9 tube Grandfather Clock movement with Dial ONLY Model Haverford

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The System Clock Bushing Assortment #5 For Herschede +

The System Clock Bushing Assortment #5 For Herschede +

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herschede grandfather clock 1914 needs work

herschede grandfather clock 1914 needs work

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Herschede Hall  Grandfather Clock 5 tubes Model Grand Prize w  Moon Face

Herschede Hall Grandfather Clock 5 tubes Model Grand Prize w Moon Face

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The System Clock Bushing Assortment #6 For Herschede +

The System Clock Bushing Assortment #6 For Herschede +

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HERSCHEDE HAVERFORD MODEL 294 GRANDFATHER CLOCK CABINET ONLY for project

HERSCHEDE HAVERFORD MODEL 294 GRANDFATHER CLOCK CABINET ONLY for project

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HERSCHEDE 5 TUBES HALL CLOCK CABINET FOR PROJECT

HERSCHEDE 5 TUBES HALL CLOCK CABINET FOR PROJECT

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HERSCHEDE GRANDFATHER CLOCK DIAL for parts or project

HERSCHEDE GRANDFATHER CLOCK DIAL for parts or project

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Herschede Clock Suspensions Spring

Herschede Clock Suspensions Spring

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ORIGINAL MERCURY Herschede 9 Tube Grandfather Clock Pendulum for project

ORIGINAL MERCURY Herschede 9 Tube Grandfather Clock Pendulum for project

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Herschede Tambour Mantel Clock Carved Foliage Case LARGE 22? Wide

Herschede Tambour Mantel Clock Carved Foliage Case LARGE 22? Wide

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Vintage 9 Tube Herschede Grandfather Clock Runs & Sounds Amazing Whittier 217

Vintage 9 Tube Herschede Grandfather Clock Runs & Sounds Amazing Whittier 217

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Herschede Clock Case Inlayed Wood & Parts parts

Herschede Clock Case Inlayed Wood & Parts parts

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Herschede 5 tube Grandfather Clock movement Model 217 Whittier Serviced

Herschede 5 tube Grandfather Clock movement Model 217 Whittier Serviced

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Vintage Herschede Westminster Chime Electric Tambour Clock parts repair B

Vintage Herschede Westminster Chime Electric Tambour Clock parts repair B

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HERSCHEDE "THE CLOCK" Grandfather, Model 250, CANTERBURY WHITTINGTON WESTMINSTER

HERSCHEDE "THE CLOCK" Grandfather, Model 250, CANTERBURY WHITTINGTON WESTMINSTER

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Herschede  "The Clock" - Model 250, Magnificent Condition, Original Owner

Herschede "The Clock" - Model 250, Magnificent Condition, Original Owner

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The Last Herschede Hall Clock Grandfather "The Clock" Documented Hand Signed NOS

The Last Herschede Hall Clock Grandfather "The Clock" Documented Hand Signed NOS

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 Herschede Model 88- Waltham Mahogany Tall Case Clock

Herschede Model 88- Waltham Mahogany Tall Case Clock

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Herschede Grandfather Clock Crank Winder Key Original for Tublar Bell  Movements

Herschede Grandfather Clock Crank Winder Key Original for Tublar Bell Movements

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