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.