History of The Herschede Hall Clock Company

A Brief History and Timeline of the Herschede Clock Company

-1857 Frank Herschede born July 30 Cincinnati, OH

-1872 Apprenticed as a clock repairman as a teen

-1877 Went into business for himself- jewelry, watches, diamonds, etc.

-1885 Started importing clock movements and had cases made at a local cabinet shop in Cincinnati

-1900 Bought out the cabinet shop as business expanded

-1901 Won his first medal in an Exposition in SC - one of several he won

-1902 Son Walter graduated from high school and went to work in the cabinet shop

-1903 Incorporated as the Herschede Hall Clock Company at the end of 1902 and moved into larger building

-1904 Won several medals at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis

-1909 Started making clock movements in the building next to the cabinet shop

-1911 First movement manufactured and put in production

-1913 A third melody was added to the Westminster and Whittington chimes - the Canterbury Chimes. Some accounts credit a Joseph Eisen (an American pianist) as developing the melody for Herschede, other credit a Herschede employee.

-Early 1920s Branch offices were established in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco

-1922 Frank dies and son Walter named president in early 1923

-1925 Walter starts working with Henry Warren of the Telechron Clock Company on developing electric movements

-1926 Introduces an Electrically Wound movement with a pendulum and spring. Lasts only a few years as the Revere all electric run clocks gain popularity

-1926 Revere Clock Company comes into existence to sell electric chiming clocks

-1927 Introduces a line of smaller clocks - a Grandmother and a Petite

-1929 Employs just over 300 employees, but the Great Depression reduces demand for their clocks

-1933 Changes it's focus and introduces an inexpensive line of electric clocks - Crown Clocks

-1934 Walter's son Dick Herschede starts work with the company

-During WWII Stops making clocks and manufactures instruments and opticals for the Military

-After WWII Starts producing parking meters

-1952 Starts using imported Junghaus movements in its non-tubular bell clocks

-1960 Plant moves to Mississippi

-1973 Mergers with Howard Furniture and Brianwood Lamps to become Arnold Industries, Inc.

-1983 Herschede Hall Clock division restructures from a manufacturer of finished clocks to a supplier of quality tubular bell movements

-1984 Last three clocks manufactured

-1989-1992 Briefly resumes clockmaking producing about 20 clocks under the ownership of Howard W. Klein and Robert Eggering of St. Louis, MO. The firm was then sold to R&M Imports of Waynesville, OH, which manufacturers replacement parts for existing Herschede clocks.

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