Herschede Grandfather Clock



One of the great American clock manufacturers, Herschede grandfather clock may not be as immediately recognized as those clocks by other manufacturers but they meet or surpass the quality levels of all of them.

Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, Herschede produced a number of beautiful grandfather clocks that are still highly prized by collectors because of their amazing style and the precision of their clock movements.

Founded by an ambitious twenty-year-old watch- and clock-making apprentice in 1885, the Herschede grandfather clock company made its mark on the history of grandfather clocks like few other companies have ever managed to do.

Frank Herschede began his clock-making business simply, taking what he had learned as an apprentice and setting out to follow the American dream. Making floor clocks and jewelry, within 10 years his clocks had become popular enough that he was able to import clockwork movements from some of the best European manufacturers and had begun outsourcing the production of the clock cases themselves to a local cabinet maker that was able to meet his standards of excellence.

As the popularity of the Herschede grandfather clock continued to grow, Herschede was eventually able to buy the cabinet shop that was making his cases so that they could focus on the production of clocks full-time.

Seeking to set the Herschede grandfather clock apart from other grandfather clocks and floor clocks that were available at the time, Frank Herschede looked to not only the movements and the custom clock cases to make a name for his clocks but also to the chimes that he used.

While most of the clocks that were available at the time made use of Winchester chimes, Herschede elected to offer the option of Canterbury chimes as well. The Canterbury chimes gave Herschede grandfather clocks a unique sound, allowing those who owned these clocks to take pride in the clock that they owned. Herschede grandfather clocks featuring authentic Canterbury chimes are still prized by clock collectors to this day even though the use of numerous variants of these chimes eventually became commonplace.

The Herschede clock company made a name for itself by producing high-quality work that also displayed quite a bit of innovation, and while these clocks aren’t as well-known today as they were in the early 19th century there are still a number of collectors and clock enthusiasts that take great pride in owning a Herschede clock.

These clocks stand as a great example of classic Ohio manufacturing as well as proof that the American dream of being able to pursue your life’s desire can come true provided that you’re willing to work at it.
Here is a list of serial numbers which were used for the brand names Herschede, Revere, and General Electric.
This list is not complete and there might be some mistakes in it.
But it should help you finding the age of your clock.


from  -     to  year
1 -     66 1911
67 -    100 1912
101 -    141 1911
142 -    150 1912
151 -    200 1911
201 -    213 1912
214 -    234 1911
235 -    242 1912
243 -    246 1911
247 -    400 1912
401 -    536 1913
537 -    550 1914
551 -    602 1913
603 -    816 1914
817 -  1000 1915
1001 -   1491 1913
1492 -   1802 1914
1803 -   1852 1915
1853 -   2302 1914
2303 -   2600 1915
2601 -   2604 1916
2605 -   2664 1917
2666 -   2670 1915
2671 -   2750 1917
2769 -   2792 1916
2793 -   2801 1917
2806 -   2847 1916
2848 -   2900 1917
2901 -   3218 1915
3219 -   4233 1916
4234 -   5122 1917
5232 -   5556 1917
6057 -   6554 1920
7057 -   7337 1919
7361 -   7445 1917
7446 -   7454 1921
7455 -   7466 1919
7467 -   7475 1920
7476 -   7535 1919
7536 -   7559 1921
7560 -   7664 1925
7665 -   7700 1923
7701 -   7800 1920
7801 -   8800 1919
8801 -   10350 1920
10351 -   10354 1923
10355 -   10362 1924
10363 -   10400 1922
10401 -   10425 1921
10426 -   10450 1922
10451 -   10457 1926
10459 -   10477 1920
10478 -   10500 1922
10501 -   10534 1923
10535 -   10555 1925
10566 -   10575 1927
10651 -   10760 1920
10761 -   10813 1922
10814 -   10850 1925
10851 -   10900 1920
10901 -   11950 1921
11951 -   12076 1923
12077 -   12100 1922
12101 -   12155 1923
12156 -   12266 1922
12268 -   12350 1923
12351 -   12400 1921
12401 -   12600 1920
12601 -   12650 1921
12651 -   12800 1920
12801 -   12850 1921
12851 -   12950 1922
12951 -   13000 1924
13001 -   13500 1921
13501 -   13732 1922
13733 -   14016 1923
14017 -   14150 1922
14151 -   15000 1923
15001 -   15117 1921
15118 -   15350 1922
15351 -   15800 1923
15801 -   16204 1921
16205 -   16669 1922
16670 -   17600 1923
17601 -   18000 1924
18001 -   18450 1923
18451 -   18500 1924
18501 -   19000 1923
19001 -   19100 1924
20501 -   21700 1924
21701 -   22500 1923
22501 -   23400 1924
23401 -   23500 1925
23501 -   24700 1924
24701 -   24850 1923
24851 -   30000 1924
30001 -   32000 1925
32001 -   32009 1926
32010 -   32026 1927
32030 -   32050 1928
32051 -   32100 1925
32101 -   32105 1929
32106 -   32121 1926
32122 -   32200 1925
32201 -   32298 1926
32299 -   32415 1925
32416 -   32421 1927
32422 -   32486 1925
32490 -   32503 1926
32504 -   32505 1928
32506 -   32512 1929
32513 -   32750 1925
32751 -   33000 1926
33001 -   34000 1925
34001 -   34004 1926
34005 -   34012 1926
34013 -   34014 1927
34025 -   34027 1927
34034 -   34035 1926
34039 -   34040 1927
34045 -   34049 1927
34101 -   34121 1926
34257 -   34258 1926
34268 -   34272 1926
34282 -   34283 1926
34286 -   34290 1926
34294 -   34297 1926
34302 -   34304 1926
34323 -   34324 1926
34327 -   34329 1926
34363 -   34366 1926
34370 -   34372 1927
34395 -   34398 1927
34477 -   34480 1926
35001 -   35100 1927
35101 -   35300 1926
35301 -   35500 1927
35501 -   36000 1925
36001 -   36350 1924
36351 -   38400 1925
79101 -   99900 1928
99901 - 112500 1929
113001 - 215600 1930
250001 - 255700 1932
255701 - 261000 1933
261001 - 271381 1934
271382 - 285268 1935
285269 - 298323 1936
298324 - 313243 1937
313244 - 315745 1938
315746 - 325376 1939
347103 - 361368 1941
362135 - 384133 1942
386000 - 407326 1945
411077 - 424068 1946
424069 - 489768 1947
491000 - 506000 1948
512001 - 521535 1949
521536 - 539535 1950
539536 - 558535 1951
558536 - 564535 1952
564536 - 582535 1953
582536 - 595035 1955
595036 - 603965 1956
603966 - 604174 1958
604501 - 605000 1959
605001 - 605843 1961
605895 - 611902 1963
612446 - 616881 1964
616904 - 617405 1965
617406 - 620403 1966
620404 - 623403 1967
623404 - 625903 1968


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