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Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks - A Review and History

Updated on July 15, 2014

Grandfathers Clocks To Adorn Your Home or Office

Howard Miller grandfather clocks are noted for being built with care resulting in a quality product, lasting generations. Unique in design, with great attention to fine details, these attractive grandfather clocks will be the center of attention in any room or area you choose to adorn in your home or business.

His company, as known to day as the Howard Miller Total Home company, was founded in 1926 by Howard C. Miller at the young age of 21. Even at this young age, Howard Miller was focused on creating a line of products that would be steeped in value as well as quality.

Howard Miller's schooling in this art of fine clockmaking was provided by his father, Herman. The schooling took place in Germany, the Black Forest region.

In the early years the focus of manufacturing was on mantel clocks and chiming wall clocks. Also produced were a trend-setting line of avant garde clocks that are featured today throughout the world in various collectors' galleries.

As with most companies during World War II, the company joined with another company to produce goods for the war effort. In this case, the Howard Miller Total Home company sistered with the Ford Motor Company to produce anti-aircraft covers.

In the 1960s, attention was focused on giving its main attention to the creation and manufacturing of grandfather clocks built to be long lasting and great attention to detail being given. This turn in manufacturing and the success of this endeavor has earned the company the title of "World's Larges Grandfather Clock Manufacturer."

The year of 1989 found Howard Miller expanding his line of products to include collectors cabinets with the same intricate attention given to detail and producing a high quality product. As with the grandfather clocks, these cabinets were created and fashioned from quality hardwoods and glass. Throughout the world these cabinets can be found displaying collectibles, glassware, heirlooms, plates and more.

The expansion to include other quality products has continued over the years with the acquisition of three additional companies: The Hekman Furniture Company, which focuses on the creation furnishings that are carefully sculpted from hardwoods as well as more modern pieces with the construction stemming from exotic woods and fine metals. The Woodmark Company manufactures quality pieces of upholstered furniture of various styles. The Kieninger Company of Germany which provide the exquisite movement in the clocks produced by Howard Miller Total Home company, made by Old World craftsmen.

The Howard Miller Total Home company is committed to providing its customers with only the finest in handcrafted products created with love and attention to detail that is world known for any products manufactured under this company name.

Howard Miller passed in 1995, but the legacy continues with pride, quality manufacturing and attention to detail in the manufacturing of all items including the most popular, the grandfather clocks.

Howard Miller 610-939 Majestic II Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller Majestic II

Howard Miller Majestic II Grandfather Clock
Howard Miller Majestic II Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller Majestic II Grandfather Clock

An outstanding work of quality workmanship that stands out in a class of its own, the Majestic II Curio Floor Clock created by Howard Miller has rare and wonderful ash burl overlays. The finish on the wonderful timepiece is Windsor Cherry on quality selected hardwoods and veneers. The arched pediment with book matched also is a feature that makes the piece very unique. Imagine this piece standing in your home or office and the attention that would be given to this grand centerpiece!

You will support the "Made in USA" campaign with the introduction of this grandfather floor clock into your living space or commercial office area, that is proudly manufactured completely in the United State of America.

Product Features:

  • Illuminated case is detailed with a mirrored back and mirrored bottom
  • Three adjustable shelves behind moving pendulum
  • Cable-driven, triple-chime Kieninger movement with automatic nighttime chime shut-off option
  • Free brass Heirloom Nameplate will be engraved with your name and special date
  • Made in the USA

Howard Miller 611-138 Princeton Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller Princeton

Howard Miller Princeton Grandfather Clock
Howard Miller Princeton Grandfather Clock

Howard Miller Princeton Grandfather Clock

An additional outstanding work of quality workmanship that stands out in a class of its own, the Howard Miller Princeton Grandfather Clock created by Howard Miller has unique olive burl patterns on the back on bottom panels. The finish on the wonderful timepiece is Hampton Cherry on quality selected hardwoods and veneers. The swan neck pediment features a decorative shell overlay and a turned urn finial. Featured on the brass dial are a silver chapter ring sporting Arabic numerals, center disk, elaborate corner spandrels and a stationary midnight blue moon phase. Framed on elegant columns you have the hinged door.

To this reviewer, this awesome grandfather clock represents what came to my mind as the "classical" or best known style of grandfather clocks. Simple, yet elegant, commanding attention at 77.2 inches in height, but not too intrusive to detract from the rest of the d├ęcor in your home or office area.

You will support the "Made in USA" campaign with the introduction of this grandfather floor clock into your living space or commercial office area, that is proudly manufactured completely in the United State of America.

Product Features:

  • Plain glass throughout
  • Polished-brass pendulum and weights
  • Quartz, triple-chime Harmonic movement plays your choice of Westminster, Ave Maria, or Bim Bam chimes, with volume control and automatic nighttime chime shut-off option
  • Requires four C-sized batteries (not included)
  • Made in the USA

Howard Miller 611-031 The J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock

The J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock

The J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock
The J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock

The J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock

Here is the "grandest" of grandfather clocks, the J.H. Miller II Grandfather Clock. This grandfather clock's finish is Windsor Cherry on sixteen various species of rare woods. With grand elegance in mind featured are a swan neck pediment that is crowned with three carved finials, a carved finial shell, two carved rosettes as well as book matched Russian Walnut Burl with floral inlays that are framed in a unique manner with a Movingue border with Maple and Ebony accent lines. Sporting a brass dial complete with a removable engraving plate for your personal inscription as well as "Limited Edition" inscribed across the hemispheres, further enhances the unique qualities of this grandfather clock. Included within the dial area are special brass finished moon phases.

You will support the "Made in USA" campaign with the introduction of this grandfather floor clock into your living space or commercial office area, that is proudly manufactured completely in the United State of America.

Product Features:

  • Beveled glass on all front and side glass
  • Large reeds with carved acanthus accent moldings and intricately carved acanthus column caps
  • Kieninger cable-driven, triple-melody, nine-tubular chime movement and features 36 bushings (24 bronze and 12 jeweled) and an automatic nighttime chime shut-off option
  • Free brass Heirloom Nameplate will be engraved with your name and special date
  • Made in the USA

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    Joan King 4 years ago

    Beautiful clocks! Thanks

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    Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello Joan! I do agree that they are beautiful. It is a long range goal of mine to have one of these one day, sitting in my living room! I have always been a fan of grandfather clocks, and it has been decades of desiring to own one building up. :) Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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    Margaret Scarboro 4 years ago

    I always wanted a grandfather clock. They are really nice.

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    Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello Margaret! It has been a dream of mine and it was while I was browsing and wishing that brought this article to my mind. :) I simply think that Grandfather Clocks are simply so impressive and add much to the atmosphere and character of where they may be placed. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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    furniturez 4 years ago from Washington

    Any body looking for grandfathered clocks I'd suggest ebay (from a power seller) or Kijiji... just make sure you see it before purchasing. I tried purchasing one brand new and it did not work out, just my 2 cents!

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    PHOTOMAN857 3 years ago

    WOW!!! I can't believe what I just read from furniturez!!! I purchased a $2300 GF CLOCK from a local merchant in my town. It hasn't worked right since I bought it, now I am getting the runaround 'cause no one really cares about it. I am sick. I am out $2300.00 and have a clock that does not work!!!

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