Item CS1853 – For sale is this magnificent Herschede Grandfather Clock, Model 250. Handmade, it is the Cadillac of Grandfather clocks. The clock was already in very good condition, but in preparation for this sale it has undergone a complete maintenance review ensuring the clock is in tip-top condition for you.
- The following information was taken from Herschede Hall Clock Company literature.Model 250 was the flagship clock of the Herschede Hall Clock Company line. It was shown at expositions in New York, London,Tokyo and Paris and was, “…world renowned, one is even inside the Kremlin and it is found in the finest estate homes throughout the world.”
- This was a limited edition clock and known as the “world’s finest grandfather clock.” It was the last model Herschede made before closing its doors. A true piece of working art. Precision-crafted completely by hand.
- The nine tubular bell movement, made entirely by Herschede, plays 3 chime tunes. Westminster (an exact duplication of the Westminster Abbey chimes), Whittington, and the exclusive-to-Herschede, Canterbury Chimes.
- The clock has a 14-karat gold-plated dial that was hand-engraved; even the rivets that affix the dial to the faceplate are silver-plated. According to Herschede, no shortcuts were taken in the manufacture of these clocks.
- The case consists of rare burled veneers of Spanish Olive Ash or Acacia were cut and matched by hand one at a time, then burnished and hand-polished to enhance beauty. A specially compounded and applied finish creates the appearance of a 200+ year-old antique.
- 108 feet of antique strip brass was carefully applied and meticulously hand-mitered around the entire case to enhance the case’s beauty. Thick beveled plate glass panels were inset into the front door and side panels permitting one to see the brass weights and nickel cadmium/chrome chime tubes inside. Even the inside of the cabinet is completely finished.
- The moon dial was painted by hand and features two moons and two seascapes. One seascape is a triple masted schooner passing a lighthouse point. The second seascape is a cabin scene at the ocean’s edge. As the moon rotates on the date dial it moves in small daily increments rotating the two seascape scenes following the moon’s phases.
- There are two dial-mounted controls, one on each upper corner of the clock face. The left controls selects which one of the three available chime tunes to be played. The right control allows you to silence the chimes. There is an additional lever on the left side of the face that allows you to turn off the hour strike.
- Triple 14-karat gold-plated hand engraved face-plate
- Center of dial face is table lace (not mirror image)
- The nine Nickel Cadmium chime tubes are larger and longer than other Herschede clocks (standard Herschede tubes are 1.375” in diameter, while this clock’s chime tubes are 1.5” in diameter.) The tubes weigh approximately 82 pounds.
- Solid brass continuous piano-hinge on door.
- Door is “Mummy case” style, 45-degree miter fit.
- 100% finished imported Spanish Olive Ash Burl or Acacia Burl
- 108 feet of solid strip brass trim, requiring 1 1/4 days of hand labor to meticulously fit around case
- True Bombay base, wood was split, soaked, heated and bowed into shape
Dimensions are approximate:
Dimensions: Height 87″, Width 25″, Depth 15.25″;
Weight: 270 lbs.
Note: The price includes preparation for shipment or moving by an expert clock smith. Packing materials and shipping are not included.