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Just to add another wrinkle, a Grand daughter clock is even shorter - in the 3 foot area and typically runs with a mantle clock type movement without the pendulum showing
Presumably at 3 foot it doesn't stand on the floor?
Before 1876, such clocks were called "tall clocks", or "long case clocks". The song "My Grandfather's Clock" (so the story goes), resulted in an enterprising individual to start a trend toward calling such clocks "grandfather clocks". It might have been the same entrepreneur (or another equally enterprising entrepreneur) that realized there might be a market for a "grandmother" clock. So I suggest you call it by the gender you prefer. The most recent a Ridgeway on line catalog that I found doesn't list that model number, so who knows what Ridgeway (or rather Howard Miller) would say on the topic. But generally, there is a trend to calling taller clocks with seconds beat pendulums as Grandfather clocks. And smaller ones, grandmother.
DeCarle's Watch and Clock Encyclopedia gives 6' 6 inches as the median height distinction between the two, which would make yours a grandmother clock.
A granddaughter clock is from 3'6 inches to 4' 6 inches.
6 < 3 inches from floor
I agree with nov, there's a lot of gray area. At 6' - 3", I would probably call it a Grandfather. It was made in the days of 8' celings. Today most houses have 9'+ ceilings and require larger cases. Many Grandfather clocks today are around 90".
thanks for the reply.The Model I have is #144 bought in Ethan Allen store in the mid seventies .I am trying to find another one,same model for my brother .the more info i have the better chance i can find one
you are right. It is impossible to identify the grandmother and grandfather clock just from its appearance.There are no strict definitions for a "Grandfather" or "Grandmother" clock.
(And thanks, smike, for alerting me to the thread. I generally visit the message board every couple of weeks and check if anyone is needing assistance with the identification of Ridgeway clock models).Anyway, sorry I wasn't of more help.
I just acquired a Ridgeway Model 144, so they do exist! I'm trying to find information on the weights (how much each is supposed to weigh). The clock I have is missing them. Since you have a working one I thought I'd see if you had that information!Ridgeway clock model#144 just trying to find out more info on my clock. any help is appeciated