Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fletcher Clock, England


  1. Yes, quite beautiful. I just love Grandfather clocks, especially the older ones. Many new ones, while lovely, are too flashy for me. Just personal preferences. This one looks like a winner.

  2. The Grandfather clock that came over from England with my husband's family almost didn't make it to our house. I had not seen the clock running for years when my mother-in-law died. When my husband chose the old clock as the piece of family furniture he most wanted, he was assured that it was not worth any effort and that no repair had lasted. Fortunately, he loved it and wanted it anyway. Of course, there was a you-tube video on transporting Grandfather clocks! We watched it several times and I guess we were emboldened by the fact that it was broken anyway. Most of the video instruction involved packing the entire clock with wads of paper and securing it on it's back. We drove it home in a rented truck and stood it in a corner of the dining room. When my husband wound it, helping each weight up with one hand as he had been taught, it took off ticking. We went to bed that night sure that it would be stopped by morning. In fact, it continues to run beautifully today. We believe that it had stood too close to a heat source in it's old spot.

    1. Indeed, that is a great story: Here's another: back in the 1950s, my parents looked for a grandfather clock at every antique show and store they went to. Since they lived in an old house with low ceilings, it was hard to find a suitable country clock under six and a half feet. Then my Mom dropped by the local shoe repair shop with some shoes in need of reheeling. The shoe repair man was a part time clock repairer. In the corner stood a lovely country clock surrounded by cast off boots and shoes. My mom asked about it and he snorted, "Oh that old thing; doesn't work. It's yours for $200."
      Somehow my parents got it home in the back of their station wagon. They examined it carefully and found at the base of its wooden works the elaborately carved initials "AC." After consulting clock books and various experts, it was determined that the clockmaker was Asahel Cheney, of the Cheney family of Connecticut clock makers. At the time the only one known to be made by the same clockmaker was in the Garvan collection at the Yale Art Gallery. Eventually they got it running again, too! You never know what you are going to find in an old run down shoe shop!

  3. B Block I agree with Patsy. Great story. Thanks for sharing. N from VA