What are Ridgeway grandfather clocks?


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Ridgeway grandfather clocks are decorative mechanical clocks made by the Ridgeway Clock Company. The company has continuously made this style of clock since the 1920s, making it the oldest American manufacturer of grandfather clocks.

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Ridgeway grandfather clocks are made in the traditional way, using German engineering to create each clock's inner mechanisms. The clocks feature an eight-day mechanical chime along with dual chime quartz movement. The company claims that it is the world's only clock manufacturer to include the songs, "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America," along with traditional chimes.

The Ridgeway clock is distinctive in its craftsmanship and design. Clock casings are made from hardwoods such as cherry, maple and oak. The uniquely designed metal pendulum swings with precision behind clear glass. Each clock is numbered.

Ridgeway clocks also have an innovative synchronous feature that avoids the need to wind the clock every seven days. The clocks are well made and many become family heirlooms. The company emphasises that clocks are built by American clockmasters using traditional methods passed along from one generation to the next.

New and antique Ridgeway grandfather clocks are sold through authorized dealers. The antique clocks are highly prized by collectors, who spend thousands of dollars to own an older model.

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