You know how something you see can worm its way into your heart? This clock did that to us. We were at an antique center; my husband went one way, and I went another. When I had finished looking around I went to find my husband. He was standing, mesmerized, at a glass case filled with antique clocks. There were many of them, most inside locked glass doors and some on top of the case. Don couldn’t stop listening to the ticking and the sound of the various chimes as they struck the hour and the half-hour. There is something that is so comforting and soothing about that sound, isn’t there? In my case I am reminded of my grandmother’s house. I spent a lot of time there as a child and that sound – the ticking, ticking, ticking – is a treasured remembrance of those times.
We stood there a long time – waiting for the hour and half-hour chimes to ring. The clocks were set at different times so that we could hear each individual clock. This clock was our favorite, with its elegant lines and beautiful case. We went on our way and a few months later, my husband suggested a return visit. He wanted to look at the clocks again. So we went and watched and listened. I knew he was completely hooked. All the clocks were observed and evaluated and we still loved this one best. Fast forward a few more months: we went to the same antique center with our houseguests. The clock was still there – it was still the one we loved – so we put a deposit on it, and put it in layaway. Unfortunately, the dealer wanted it paid off by the end of the month -so it was not really a layaway. Sometimes you have to trust that the universe will provide and it did. We picked the clock up on my husband’s birthday and it now has a place of honor on our tiger oak sideboard.
It was built in 1923 (the year of my Dad’s birth) by the Sessions company – it is a Sessions Tambour clock named “The Montreal.”
It has a two-tone chime on the hour and a harmonic chime on the half-hour. It is beautiful and the sound of its ticking and chimes fill our house with happiness.
More later, have a wonderful day!