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Hope like Clockwork: From the Attic to the Chapel

Lost and forlorn it was unrecognized in the Church attic long covered with dust and cobwebs this handsome historic large marble-faced clock is now installed on the back wall in the Chapel installed there because it is too large to fit in any other accessible space. Its oak plinth is 28 inches in diameter the marble face 22 inches and it weighs about forty pounds.  

November 11, 2020

Like Clockwork: Hope from the Attic to the Chapel 



Lost and forlorn it was unrecognized in the Church attic long covered with dust and cobwebs this handsome historic large marble-faced clock is now installed on the back wall in the Chapel installed there because it is too large to fit in any other accessible space. Its oak plinth is 28 inches in diameter the marble face 22 inches and it weighs about forty pounds.  

The mystery is that nobody knows where it came from or how it got into our attic. It was once part of a master-clock system of the sort found in schools municipal buildings banks and large offices but queries to these places and to historians in town have not discovered its history. Further it had no maker’s mark on the movement.  

John Boulton gently cleaned the marble then refreshed the metal numerals and markers. Bob Howard stripped eight coats of ugly paint from the plinth and refinished it to its original oak appearance. We located a modern made in USA  clock movement at a factory in Massachusetts fitted that to the dial and made adapters for the original hands to fit the movement. It now operates reliably on 110 volt electric current and should keep time reliably for another 100 years.

-Bob Howard, Business Committee Member 

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