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American Gingerbread Clock (Kitchen Clock) (#031)

The American Kitchen clock is distinctively characterized by its ornate wooden case design. Also known as a Kitchen Clock or Gingerbread Clock, they were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to their affordability, which was made possible from mass production. They are primarily distinguished by their ornate wooden cases that […]

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Antique Clocks of the White House (#029)

The White House has an impressive display of Antique mechanical clocks – American, French and English – throughout the tourist accessed areas. Many have been in the collection since 19th Century Presidents walked the halls of the White House.  In all, there are about 86 antique mechanical clocks throughout the White House.  These pictures are only those […]

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Wag on the Wall Clock: Almost a Grandfather Clock (#024)

Have you heard someone refer to a clock as a “Wag on the Wall Clock?”  There’s some prevailing misunderstanding about what is a “wag on the wall” and if it’s a type of clock. A “Wag on the Wall Clock” is essentially an uncased weight driven mechanical wall clock with an exposed Dial, Pendulum and weights […]

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Clock Chimes and Melodies – Sounds of Comfort: Westminster, Whittington, and St. Michael Chimes (#022)

You’ve heard of comfort food?  What about comfort sounds? This is why mechanical clocks have presence, for which they not only attract our attention, but also subtly scribe this very presence into to our mind and heart – to be remembered throughout the cycles of our lives.  Their sounds stay in our minds from childhood and […]

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The Poor and Rich Man’s Clock – Nu Elck Syn Sin and the Dutch Zaandam Clock (#021)

The Dutch Zaandam clock is arguably one of the most iconic and symbolic horological creations ever made.  It is clearly Dutch, carries clear historical symbolism and is one of the most pervasive reproduction clocks found all over the world. It resonates the Dutch expereince during the post European Protestant Reformation period in the late 1500s […]

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Clock Profile – The Dutch Zaandam (Zaansee) Wall Clock

The Dutch have a long and significant history in clock science, design and making. Shortly after Christiaan Huygens (1656) created the first pendulum clock in Holland, Zaan clockmakers adapted this innovation in the Zaan region in 1670 to create what is now known around the world as a Zaandam clock. The Zaan region, near Amsterdam, […]

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Mozart and Clocks: Music he wrote for an Organ Clock

Rock me Amadeus!  That’s what he did in 1790 as arguably the first recording artist ever. In 1790 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed Fantasy in F Minor (K594) for an organ clock (flute clock).  Indeed, Mozart may have been the first recording artist with this work.  Hayden and Beethoven also composed music for these types of […]

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Early Lantern Clocks: English Treasures (#016)

A lantern clock is a type of antique weight-driven wall clock, shaped like a lantern. They were the first type of clock widely used in private homes. They probably originated before 1500 but only became common after 1600; in Britain around 1620. They became obsolete in the 19th century. Wikipedia, on Lantern Clocks Celebrating this highly innovative period in English clock-making history, Bill Bruce, […]

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A Clockmaker’s Dream: A Film by Georges Melies (#012)

If you remember the movie Hugo, by Martin Scorsese, you should remember Georges Melies. In the movie he was a bitter and forgotten filmmaker who eventually found meaning and redemption with the knowledge that his work had made an impact and lived on.  In the end, he was celebrated as a pioneer in filmmaking. In […]

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