Thursday, January 8, 2009

Show and Tell Friday

This is my first time participating in
Show and Tell Friday ...
Special Thanks to Kelli over at
for hosting today's event.

I have chosen one of my most
valued and favorite family heirlooms to
share with everyone.
My Antique Mantle Clock:
I'm not certain on it's exact age but
based on stories and tales that
I've been told over the years
it is somewhere around
120 years old.
Back in 1890
it was given "used" as a wedding
gift to my paternal great
Grandparents by my great great Grandparents.
Who in return gave it as a wedding gift
in 1915 to their only female child, my
Grandmother Maude.
Since my Grandparents only had boys
and didn't have a female child to continue
that tradition it stayed in my Grandmothers
possession until her passing in 1992.
Have I lost ya yet?
I hope not.. it gets simple from here on.
When my Grandmother passed she left
it to her eldest son.. My Dad Thomas.
In 2002 when my Dad was 85 he became
very ill and just before his death
he passed the clock to me.
Even though I have older siblings who
rightly should have gotten it..
He chose me... And he did so because he knew
the care and respect I would take.. the love I had for it..
and that nothing but death would part me from it.
Now if you're doing the math and
trying to guess my age
and you're a lil lost..
I'll help you out a tad..
My Dad was in his 50's when I was born!
I was a shocking surprize!
But not as shocking as my lil brother!
Now on to pictures of my precious clock..

It keeps perfect time!
I can usually go about 3 days between windings.
Every half hour it strikes once
and each hour it strikes according to time.
Everything you see is original.. and to
my knowledge it has only had to be mechanically
repaired 2 times .. last time being in late 1970.
Beautifully detailed carved body is in great condition.

The glass door is in good condition with

original gold etching of butterflies and scroll.

Beautiful brass movement and pendulum.

Original dial face a bit worn. Two key holes , one

to wind for time.. the other for chime... and the original key.

It has one spot on the left side.. where a

drip of brown paint dripped on it...

No idea when that happened but it's always

been there as long as I can remember.

I think it adds a lil character..

I couldn't leave without sharing a picture

of the clocks previous owners..

My Grandmother Maude & My Dad Thomas.

I hope you enjoyed my lil contribution to

Show and Tell Friday.

I know I enjoyed the memories.


  1. Hi Debbie! I loved that post! The clock is amazing but the story behind it is the best part! You are a lucky girl!
    I have a special award for you on my blog so please come on over and pick it up!
    ~Tam :D

  2. Adorable...I just love this post...I love clocks and especially ones passed through the family. Great page with the pic also. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. It's lovely. The history and family connections just increase it's beauty. I'm glad it's with you.

  4. What a beautiful old clock! I love the etching.

  5. What a treasure! Thank you for sharing it.

  6. How wonderful! Such a beautiful thing, and beautiful story! thanks for showing and telling today:)

  7. A really wonderful timepiece, and even more special because of the amazing story behind it. It is so clear from your post how much your treasure means to you. And your comment about your little brother had me laughing - my husband was a little surprise 19 years after his last brother was born - his mum was 45 when she had him!


  8. Oh how beautiful! And what a treasure! I just love the story behind it and love stories like that. Thank you for sharing it. And I bet your little brother was even more shocking!

  9. This clock and the story behind it is so special--wow-it's old and in such great shape. I know you treasure it.

    Thanks for sharing it with us:)

    Linda C

  10. That is such a wonderful story and so special clock. I am so glad you shared this and that you got to keep the clock. The picture of Maude and Thomas is so sweet. Hugs, Kathi


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