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.

Antique HERSCHEDE CINCINNATI OHIO MANTEL SHELF c. 1913 8 Day Chime Clock Working

Antique HERSCHEDE CINCINNATI OHIO MANTEL SHELF c. 1913 8 Day Chime Clock Working

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19185: HERSCHEDE 9 Tube Large Grandfather Clock

19185: HERSCHEDE 9 Tube Large Grandfather Clock

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HERSCHEDE CLOCKS,DEALERS BINDER,TECHNICAL,PARTS,SCHEMATICS,HERSCHEDE PHOTOS,MORE

HERSCHEDE CLOCKS,DEALERS BINDER,TECHNICAL,PARTS,SCHEMATICS,HERSCHEDE PHOTOS,MORE

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Herschede Tambour Mantel Clock 1914

Herschede Tambour Mantel Clock 1914

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Herschede Vintage Grandfather or Tall Case Clock, Westminster Tubular Chime

Herschede Vintage Grandfather or Tall Case Clock, Westminster Tubular Chime

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ANTIQUE HERSCHEDE MANTEL SHELF CLOCK

ANTIQUE HERSCHEDE MANTEL SHELF CLOCK

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Herschede Clock Suspensions Spring

Herschede Clock Suspensions Spring

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Herschede Electric Westminster Chime Mantel Clock - Not Running

Herschede Electric Westminster Chime Mantel Clock - Not Running

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HERSCHEDE 9 Tube Large Grandfather Clock

HERSCHEDE 9 Tube Large Grandfather Clock

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24039:  HERSCHEDE 5 Tube Gothic Mahogany Grandfather Clock

24039: HERSCHEDE 5 Tube Gothic Mahogany Grandfather Clock

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Herschede Grandfather Clock

Herschede Grandfather Clock

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Vintage Electric Herschede Clock Westminster Chime H-Runs

Vintage Electric Herschede Clock Westminster Chime H-Runs

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Herschede 9 Tube Grandfather, Custom Cherry Case, Weights, Tubes and Pendulum

Herschede 9 Tube Grandfather, Custom Cherry Case, Weights, Tubes and Pendulum

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Antique Herschede 5 Tube Mahogany Grandmother Grandfather Clock, Model 507 C1941

Antique Herschede 5 Tube Mahogany Grandmother Grandfather Clock, Model 507 C1941

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Herschede Striking Mantle Clock--Cincinnati, Ohio

Herschede Striking Mantle Clock--Cincinnati, Ohio

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HERSCHEDE 9 TUBES GRANDFATHER CLOCK  MODEL 124 The Thomas Jefferson

HERSCHEDE 9 TUBES GRANDFATHER CLOCK MODEL 124 The Thomas Jefferson

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Herschede Grandfather Clock Cable 8 Feet Brass NEW

Herschede Grandfather Clock Cable 8 Feet Brass NEW

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Herschede mantle clock

Herschede mantle clock

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Herschede Model 250 "THE CLOCK" TOP OF THE LINE PERFECT

Herschede Model 250 "THE CLOCK" TOP OF THE LINE PERFECT

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 Herschede tall case figured wood bellini 1200 clock 1978 westminster chimes

Herschede tall case figured wood bellini 1200 clock 1978 westminster chimes

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