Anniversary clock exhibit opening

Last night we went to the opening of the anniversary clock exhibit at the National Watch and Clock Museum.  It was a nice evening with many clocks.  Most were traditional anniversary clocks, but some (like ours) were not.  We did not loan our clock to the museum because we did not want to give it up for six months.  It’s too big and too much a part of our house — unlike a small mantle clock like most anniversary clocks.  So, we gave them some photos and our story.  They put it together on a small poster.

We talked to someone who works there — maybe the curator.  When he heard about our 100,000,000th Tick Party through the woman collecting stories for the exhibit, he loved the idea so much that he told her to ask us if we’d like to have it at the museum — free of charge!  When she talked to us she didn’t bring it up.  She told him it sounded like we had things well planned.  Well, maybe for the 200,000,000th Tick Party!

 After wine, cheese, champagne, and wedding cake, they opened up the whole museum where there was a large anniversary clock exhibit that showed the history of these clocks.  Plus, we got to see the rest of the museum.  There is one clock that I’d seen before that is a little bizarre, but always impressed me.  It’s called the Engle Monumental Clock or 8th Wonder of the World.  Periodically, it is quite eventful:

“The twelve apostles issue from a side door, and pass in procession past the figure of Christ, who nods as each apostle passes. Peter turns away in denial as he passes Christ, at which time a cock flaps his wings and crows three times. Satan alternately appears from two windows above and follows Judas, the last apostle in the procession, from the side door.

From a door, which opens upon a balcony above, the three Mary’s walk out, while on the battlement-type roof a Roman soldier continually marches back and forth. The figure of Justice raises her scale while the apostles are passing, and drops them as the last one disappears. Youth, Manhood, and Old Age appear above the dial at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters. Father time, above 2 o’clock, turns an hourglass in his hand and strikes a bell with his scythe at the half hour. The figure of Death tolls the hour with a thighbone on a skull on the hour, as a corresponding bell rings inside the case.” ~ See HERE for full details

Here are some photos from the evening.

Corsages were given to those who donated clocks and stories.

It was neat to see other clocks that represent people’s relationships, read their stories, and meet some of the couples. 

I’ll post pictures from our wedding that include the clock in future posts.


2 Responses

  1. Hey! So, the Engle Clock is my family. Stephen Engle was my great-great-grandfather. My mother tells great stories about the clock from her childhood (1940s), when it was touring the U.S. Then, the family lost track of it for many years. It was one of the Great Mysteries of my childhood–where is grandfather’s famous clock? When my own grandfather was turning 80 in 1988, my mother and my aunt made a huge push to locate the clock for his birthday. They found it in great disrepair in a barn in upstate New York. The guy wanted a LOT of money for it, which my family didn’t have. But the museum did, so they bought it and fixed it and my whole family was invited there for the unveiling.

    I’m even sitting in a room right now (my home office) surrounded by memorabilia about the clock. As many clock-makers were in the 19th-c., Stephen was also a jeweler and optometrist, and the family has a lot of his amazing jewelry pieces still. I grew up visiting my grandfather’s eye practice in Hazleton, where Stephen lived as well…anyway, glad you think it’s a wonder, too.

  2. Wow! That’s so cool SBird! The clock sounds really….. well I’ll say “eccentric!” I think I’ll need to visit Cavatica one of these days to see that clock!

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