Sligh Grandfather Clock
Posted January 19, 2013
We get many calls from owners and recent purchasers of pre-owned Sligh Grandfather Clocks wanting to know more about their clock. Is it a good clock? Well made? A highly regarded grandfather clock brand? Heirloom quality? What could I sell it for, also known as what is it worth? For how much should I insure it? Is it possible to purchase the same grandfather clock model today, if not made by Sligh, then perhaps by another grandfather clock company.
Sligh clocks were well made grandfather clocks, with most of their grandfather clock line being reproductions on antique grandfather clocks that the Company found especially appealing and/or salable. The parent company, which still exists today, is Sligh Furniture. However, Sligh exited the grandfather clock market perhaps 10 years ago and no longer makes any SlighGrandfatherClock.com . The grandfather clock cases were generally well made with solid wood grandfather clock cases, and the movements were generally German, mostly mechanical movements made by Hermle Clocks.
Some time after Sligh exited the grandfather clock market, the American Clock Company Bulova Clocks bought, as we understand it, not the company per se, but rather the design rights to the same models that had been manufactured by Sligh. Additionally, the same manufacturing facility was still available to Bulova for many of the Sligh Grandfather Clock models. So Bulova Grandfather Clocks were born, or rather reborn, with the old new or new old Sligh models. That lasted for about 5 years, with many beautiful well-made grandfather clocks being sold made by Bulova and branded as Bulova Grandfather Clocks being sold by us among other leading high-end grandfather clock retailers.
The grandfather clock history for Sligh and Bulova gets even more confusing as time goes by. After Bulova exited the marketplace, many grandfather clock retailers, including 1-800-4CLOCKS, continued to sell our inventory of Bulova Grandfather Clocks, and we still have fewer than a handful remaining. To simplify the history from here, we will only highlight select but relevant details to us. 1-800-4CLOCKS was fortunate enough during this time period to offer many of these same models, made the the same people with the same movements in the same cases, and keep them “alive”, and they were branded Museum Clocks Grandfather Clocks. The Museum Grandfather Clocks line by Museum Clocks was successful and we were happy to be able to offer these great American made clocks with German mechanical movements to the public when they might not otherwise have been available.
Another more recent development is that Hermle Clocks actually purchased the semi-independent manufacturing facility that had been manufacturing solid wood cases for Sligh, Boluva and Museum Clocks. It has enabled Hermle Clocks to offer their “Made in America” Hermle Grandfather Clocks line, which is a great grandfather clock line and one which we sell proudly.
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