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.

ORIGINAL Herschede 9 Tube Grandfather Clock Pendulum for project

ORIGINAL Herschede 9 Tube Grandfather Clock Pendulum for project

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ANTIQUE HERSCHEDE HALL WESTMINSTER CHIME MANTEL CLOCK MADE IN USA  RARE !!

ANTIQUE HERSCHEDE HALL WESTMINSTER CHIME MANTEL CLOCK MADE IN USA RARE !!

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HERSCHEDE MODEL 230 " SHEFFIELD " 9 TUBES 3 CHIMES GRANDFATHER CLOCK EXCELLENT

HERSCHEDE MODEL 230 " SHEFFIELD " 9 TUBES 3 CHIMES GRANDFATHER CLOCK EXCELLENT

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HERSCHEDE 250 TRIPLE CHIME TALL CASE CLOCK - TRULY THE KING OF STANDING CLOCKS

HERSCHEDE 250 TRIPLE CHIME TALL CASE CLOCK - TRULY THE KING OF STANDING CLOCKS

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HERSCHEDE 5 TUBE GRANDFATHER CLOCK  CABINET ONLY 1920's era

HERSCHEDE 5 TUBE GRANDFATHER CLOCK CABINET ONLY 1920's era

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Herschede 9 tube Grandfather Clock movement for parts or repair

Herschede 9 tube Grandfather Clock movement for parts or repair

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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 9 tube or 5 tubes ORIGINAL Grandfather Clock Crank Key

Herschede 9 tube or 5 tubes ORIGINAL Grandfather Clock Crank Key

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Antique 1920's HERSCHEDE 5-Tube Tall Grandfather Clock Painted Face Ship Castle

Antique 1920's HERSCHEDE 5-Tube Tall Grandfather Clock Painted Face Ship Castle

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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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Vtg Herschede Grandfather Clock Model 217  Runs Strikes & Chimes Fabulous Case

Vtg Herschede Grandfather Clock Model 217 Runs Strikes & Chimes Fabulous Case

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Herschede Vintage Grandfather Clock Floor Tower with Weights and Gong Mechanism

Herschede Vintage Grandfather Clock Floor Tower with Weights and Gong Mechanism

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HERSCHEDE MODEL 230 Grandfather Clock TUBULAR CHIMES set of 9 for project

HERSCHEDE MODEL 230 Grandfather Clock TUBULAR CHIMES set of 9 for project

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The System Clock Bushing Assortment #6 For Herschede +

The System Clock Bushing Assortment #6 For Herschede +

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Antique 8'3" Early 1900's Grandfather Clock By Herschede RARE

Antique 8'3" Early 1900's Grandfather Clock By Herschede RARE

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1968 Herschede Haverford 294 Grandfather Clock. 9 Tube Motivated Seller.

1968 Herschede Haverford 294 Grandfather Clock. 9 Tube Motivated Seller.

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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 9 tube Electrical Grandfather Clock Movement RARE for parts or repair

Herschede 9 tube Electrical Grandfather Clock Movement RARE for parts or repair

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Herschede grandfather clock Marquis De Lafayette

Herschede grandfather clock Marquis De Lafayette

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1920s Herschede Hall Clock Co Mantel Clock Grand Prize Walnut #75161 Works

1920s Herschede Hall Clock Co Mantel Clock Grand Prize Walnut #75161 Works

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