Yes and No, this means that it entirely depends on which specific clock you are talking about, and to be sure you will have to get it checked by an actual professional, or a trained appraiser who will be able to possibly tell you the value of your clock, depending on its model, condition of its case, dial, its overall movement, weights it has if it has any, and the overall movement of the clock around the hour, the sound it produces is also something that’s considered as that can add value to the clock that you have and use. Moreover, other grandfather clocks except Howard Miller clocks can also be quite valuable, if you want to know about their valuation click “here” as we’ll only be discussing Howard Miller Clocks in this article
There are some factors that you can use to estimate if your clock has some value or not. If your Howard Miller clock has been with you for quite long as long as you remember and is still functional, that clock probably is valuable due to its antiqueness. And there are some Howard clocks that are worth millions as of now so the clock that you have at your house can be well worth something but don’t get your hopes up for nothing as this happening isn’t that probable.
Down below are a few things that you can do to try and estimate if your Howard Miller Clock is valuable. Don’t worry we’ll be looking into each and every one of them one by one
- Analyzing the face of the clock (looking in for a logo)
- The insides of the clock (model number)
- The purchase date
- Getting an actual appraisal
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Examining The Face Of The Howard Miller Clock
Mantel, desk, and wall are what most of the Howard Miller Grandfather clocks are made of, and having the name and logo of the clocks can be an indicator of the age, and especially the font in which it is written. Moreover, Howard Miller clocks also have a ” Made In Germany ” somewhere on them mostly on their very faces. As the founder, Howard C. Miller used to say ” Inspect our craftsmanship with your eyes, with your ears, and with your hands.”. But these things are more important in seeing whether your Howard Miller is authentic rather than knowing its age.
The logo of Howard Miller mostly runs in a horizontal frame in the center of the dial. Another very important point to note at this point is that from the past 75 years, the Howard Miller Clocks have a manufacturer logo styled “H over M” in the center. This can also help you determine how old your Howard Miller clock is.
The Inside Of The Howard Miller Clock
Opening the door of the clock and looking into the label that is embedded into the clock when it opens. The label in itself has the model number along with the specific information like the date when it was officially made. But not all of the Howard Miller come with this label.
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The Purchase Date Of A Howard Miller Clock
Many times the Howard Miller clock’s date of purchase from the official Howard Miller is only a few months ahead of the making of the clocks and sometimes only even days. Many of the old people that used this clock often stuck the receipt on it somewhere, and it still might be inside the door or hidden near the dial somewhere, so you can take a look into that too, and hopefully, you will be able to estimate from the receipt , the actual age of the clock when you find the receipt.
Howard Miller clocks that have a door with them also mostly have a model number inside, which you can go in and see, after finding out the model number you can search them up on Google and see how old that models is and then guess how old your Howard Miller Clock, but this can only help in estimation and it is still suggested in this way to get an appraiser to help you in the process
Appraisers For A Howard Miller Clock
So to conclude it all, it is best if you take your clock to an appraiser who is an expert in knowing the overall models of the Howard Miller clocks and would be able to tell you the age of the clock along with its true value at the time so you can have a better idea if it is actually worth the amount you’re expecting it to be
If you are worried about finding an appraiser of your clock, don’t worry you can get them quite easily online. All you need to do for this is to submit a photo of your Howard Miller Clock, one of the places that you can try are antique appraisal sites like, ” instappraisal
A Bit About Howard Miller
The company was started in 1905 by Howard C. Miller who aimed for giving quality clocks to the masses and the clock delivered to the level of quality that was expected of it. He took a strict watch on the conditions in which clocks were made and checked personally the quality of those clocks as far as he could, the clock company has passed for a total of 3 generations from then and still somehow manages to refrain the level of quality that is expected of it
Howard Miller also offers quite a lot of complementaries along with clocks and they too can carry quite a lot of value as many of them also cost thousands of dollars
This clock company has over 350 clock models and around 70 of them are of grandfather clocks. Moreover, they produce over 220,000 clocks every year and without a doubt one of the biggest clock-makers in America
The Different Price Ranges Of Howard Miller Clocks
There is a very big variety of clock prices when it comes to Howard Miller, one can find Howard Miller clocks for less than $20 and then there are some even worth millions of dollars like the “Howard Miller Limited Edition J H Miller II 611031 611-031 Tubular Chime,” but that’s a unique case, being the clock of the richest man in the world. Usually they range till a few thousands dollars
Do Howard Miller Clocks Increase In Value?
Yes And No, this means that there are some Howard Miller clocks that do increase in value but there are some that decrease in their value too like regular clocks, for instance buying a clock like Beacon Hill ( now worth around $8,500) will nearly double in value in around 15 to 20 year as expected by most experts.
Why Are Howard Miller Clocks So Popular?
The main reason of Howard Miller’s popularity is their grandfather clocks many of which have increased in value by thousands of dollars since when they were made. Though Howard Miller makes hundreds of types of other clocks now which are cheaper than the grandfather clocks. It offers over 300 types of other clocks and has expanded from its original course of only making grandfather clocks.
But the quality of the grandfather clocks that it makes is still astounding and that is the reason that many of them keep increasing in value. Moreover, when one searches the web for the best grandfather clock on the internet, there doesn’t appear a single list that isn’t overwhelmed by the name ” Howard Miller” which just further advocates the dedication that they have. Down below is a screenshot of when we searched ” best grandfather clocks “, the very first list as you can see in the image down below is overwhelmed with Howard Miller Grandfather clocks in the list
Where Is The Model Number On A Howard Miller Grandfather Clock?
The model number on a Howard Miller Clock is found in different places depending on the model of the Grandfather clock, and this is another thing that can help in finding the value of a Howard Miller clock at times.
The places where it is found most commonly are
- On the label on the back of the clock
- On the label in the inside of the front door of the clock
- On the inside of the back panel behind the movement Of the clock
- You start off by locating the access pannel and removing the left access panel. And it is here in the back behind the movement that you will find the relevant information that you are looking for.
The model and serial number can be found in one of the following places on your clock: On a label on the back of the clock. On a foil label on the inside of the front door. If the clock does not have a front opening door, the foil label is normally on the inside of the clock on one of the inside rails.
Do Grandfather Clocks Need To Be Wound?
Basically, there are two types of grandfather clocks based on mechanism, battery-operated and mechanical. Battery-operated grandfather clocks do not require any winding on the other hand mechanical grandfather clocks do require winding. But on the other hand, mechanical pendulum clocks is the fact that they need to be regularly wounded. But why is that, as the spring unwinds the potential energy is used, eventually it finishes up and so it needs to be wound again. Moreover, due to all the mechanical parts, it requires regular maintenance and is much less durable than the battery-operated grandfather clocks
Hopefully this article was helpful in answering some of your clocks-related questions If you have any clock-related questions, feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to know why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!“. Here is also a link about the history of clocks if you want to give that a look “History of timekeeping devices“