After months of searching for a specific model I had always wanted. I had seen this clock only once before back in 2003 at the national furniture market in High Point. The detail on the inlay carving in the solid mahogany was very intricate. The production of this model was short-lived as the cost was too high for the market at that time.
In 2012 I ran across a classified in Leesburg, Virginia. A Ridgeway 2107 Greenwich grandfather clock was displayed for sale by a private owner. I called and the clock was available, so I made the 5 hour trip up to pick it up. It was in perfect condition and only a few years old. I carefully packed the clock loaded up in my van and proceeded to make the trip back to North Carolina. I setup the clock in our foyer to display and greet our visitors on arrival. The tone of the chime rods was excellent from the triple chime, Hermle movement.
Grandfather Clock Case and Construction
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The top of this grandfather clock is a simple, split pediment design with two large inlays of crotch mahogany with a thin maple border set into the solid mahogany top. There is a shell inlay at the center made of several different species of woods to highlight the upper pediment. The dial door was cut so the grain is at a diagonal which also extends into the case above the door.
There is a delicate fretwork pattern that extends around the sides and the front of the clock cut from solid mahogany. Another matching band of the same pattern of fretwork extends around the clock below the front opening door. All of the glass is beveled including the dial door. The front door is built from four sections bookmatched at 45 degrees at each corner and then scolloped around the glass.
The base of the clock is made from four large sections of bookmatched solid mahogany with a diagonal grain, then inlaid matched sections of crotch mahogany. It is as beautiful of grain as I have ever seen on any furniture. The feet are also carved of solid hardwood on the front and the back. The radial grain of the front base is impressive.
We are proud to own this clock and everytime I walk by it, I have to admire the design, exotic woods, marquetry and joinery. A great deal of thought and labor went into the design of this clock. I plan on keeping this one unless there is someone who might admire it as much as myself. Only a few were built, so we are very lucky to have found a clock like this one.