This story starts all the way back in November of 2018 when we visited Jeff’s family in North Carolina for Thanksgiving. I went to a beautiful local shop (The Mercantile in Knightdale, NC) to do a milk paint demo while I was there. This shop has amazing vendors and I wanted to buy so many things! I ended up buying just a few small things, but I took photographs of the displays and pieces I loved the most, including this antique clock. It was priced well, but we were in my mother-in-law’s Camry, so we wouldn’t be able to get it home. So, I appreciated it and then left it for someone else to buy.
I posted about the clock here on my blog and when I got back home to Minnesota, I received a text from my dad letting me know he had bought it for me! Now, my dad is so sweet and generous, but this is not normally what he does when I swoon over something on my blog! There was just something about this clock. One of the sweet vendors at the store, Kim of In Sweet Time, delivered it to my in-law’s house, and my in-laws agreed to store it in their house until our next visit.
It ended up becoming a semi-permanent fixture in their front hall because we didn’t come to pick it up until a couple of weeks ago!
The clock was in excellent hands, though, and benefited from the long visit with the grandparents. Mike, my father-in-law, is a clock enthusiast and he was all over this clock! He has so many beautiful antique clocks in their home and he has restored a few beautiful antique clocks I’ve bought in the past. He enjoys hopping on forums to talk clocks with other enthusiasts and this was a new clock to research. He assessed the clock, tinkered with it, and made suggestions to me about restoring it to working order. He even kept an eye on eBay for an original face to replace the one with missing paint and for a pendulum.
The fathers in our family really put a lot of love into this clock and I feel that every time I look at it, now that it’s hanging in our living room.
Hanging it might seem like an odd choice, but this clock was actually made to be hung or to sit on the floor! Sitting on the floor, though, it felt a little short in relation to our 9′ ceilings, so I decided to hang it.
It’s a very heavy clock, so we used a cleat to support the weight and to allow it to hang over the chair rail. A lower block holds the clock level. The cleat is drilled into a stud, so it’s secure.
We have a little more room to raise the clock on the cleat, so I think we’ll probably do that. It’s still feeling a touch low to me in relation to the other artwork in this room.
It’s just a beautiful clock and one that Mike said is quite valuable. It will cost at least $300 to get a pendulum (they’re rare) plus some more on a clock expert to get it running again, but I might do that at some point. As odd as it sounds, I didn’t love it as a clock. I loved it for the patina on the case, those pretty Roman numerals, the little peek at the brass gears, and the beveled glass. I loved it as a piece of art. Getting it to work would be a bonus, but I’m happy with it as it is.
I am going to give the case a good rubdown with some Hemp Oil to bring out the richness of the wood even more, but I just couldn’t wait to hang it! After over two years of waiting, it’s nice to have it home.
Thank you, Dads!