Monday, August 2, 2010

Old Clocks

A few years ago my husband's younger sister ask him if he'd like his grandmother's old clock. She had inherited it from his mother's estate when she passed away in 1998. He told her he would, so on her next visit she brought it and gave it to him. It has been sitting on the top shelf of our bookcase in non-working order for two years. Last spring he thought it was time to take it to a clock repair shop and get it in working order.
                                                                          
The clock is a Sessions made in Connecticut between 1885-1915. I suggested he take the clock I inherited from my dad's estate with him and get it fixed also. It is a Seth Thomas clock and all I know is  my parents bought it in the mid seventies. It sits on the fireplace mantle.
                                                                                      
 Six weeks later both clocks are sitting in our livingroom in working order chiming away every hour and half hour. Both have their own distinct sounds and are keeping great time. The problem is we are having to get use to the constant ticking they both emit. Tick, tick, tick, tick...... and so on. Also, neither one of us can read the dials, even with our glasses on. So, we brought in a clock from the kitchen that has big numbers on the dial so we can read it. Did I mention how much repairing both clocks cost? Well, let's just say the money spent could have bought my husband a new lounge chair. But hey, we now have two very noisy conversation pieces in our livingroom instead. 

Christine

8 comments:

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.....join me anytime...i'm usually here and up to no good..!!
My parents have a Seth Thomas clock ...maybe someday it will be mine.....

Enjoy

JackDaddy said...

I love the clocks, but I think I would have had to leave them unworking, because the ticking would drive me crazy!!

Gloria said...

Hmmmm.......sounds familiar! I know of two clocks that were never fixed though. They still look pretty sitting on the mantle.

Ninny said...

The ticking will become white noise before long and when they ever do stop, you'll go crazy in the silence! They are so beautiful.

Sis

Walking on Sunshine... said...

My parents had a couple of clocks throughout our house growing up that ticked loud and chimed. And then they were given a Grandfather's clock to add to the mixture!

Great pictures!

Kathy said...

They are beautiful clocks, but I'm not sure I could get use to the tick tocks of both clocks, let alone all of the chiming in the middle of the night!
I guess you'd get use to it after awhile!
So funny! I know what you mean! I need a clock with 3" high numbers to read, too!
Kathy

Miz Liz said...

I love old Clocks. My Dad gave the family clock to my brother. I don't know what kind it is, but it is a grandfather clock, probably about 4' tall and 2' wide, it had been in the family and brought over from Germany.
Very Cool looking :)
Enjoy your clocks

Gerry's Soap N Stuff said...

Oh, your clocks are beautiful. I love clocks, even the ticking. I had rather have the clocks than two recliners...Lol. Gerry