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Mid Georgian Tall case Clock…

September 14, 2019

Samuel Harley tallcase 2

Samuel Harley painting on Clock.jpg

Ever fall in love with a piece of furniture?  We did this week.  We saw this Tall Case clock in a ‘Recycle’ store near our house and fell in love.

This oak clock was donated by an elderly woman this week as the employees were cleaning out her garage for Recycle.  She told them to ‘take that old clock and put it on the pile”.

Recycle Atlanta is a huge place with all sorts of windows, chandeliers, cabinets, dishwashers, stoves, stained glass, and at the counter…this huge clock.

We have a house built circa 1880’s, but it isn’t  Victorian in design. It was built by the Ragsdale family who came from Leicester, UK.  back in 1860.  They were farmers and this house is more of an early Georgian farmhouse. They also owned “West End Horse and Mule” which was only a few miles from this residence.  We are the second owners of this house, buying it in 1978.  My husband has restored and put some amazing rooms on  over the years, basically taking a 6 room house and making it 12 rooms.  Too many now for us without our son here.  But it’s beautiful and needed a clock at the bottom of the staircase.

This clock needs repair  (one of the scrolls is gone) but it’s mostly cosmetic.  It’s oak, and the picture above the dial is an oil painting. We haven’t found a date yet, but the maker was a Samuel Harley, of Shrewsbury.  The clock runs but the weights we put in aren’t heavy enough for keeping time. That is something we can fix.

We named her Lady Harley, to match Lord Harley in the driveway.

Harley motocycle

Husband brought this 2 weeks ago, and that was a surprise!

The clock is a dark, aged oak, with probably Mahoney columns on the bonnet.  It fits perfectly where we have it, but this clock is about 3 inches higher than most tall clocks. Because it is plainer than many, no gilt gold, and no daily dial on top of the face, it is older than many.  We have had an estimate of age from 1740-1770.  It doesn’t matter because it belongs.

The manager of Recycle had numerous offers to buy, but he held off.  He sold it to us because of our slight knowledge of tallcase clocks, but mainly because of our immediate love of the  piece.  He asked me if I was going to get it restored…and I said, “No.  I was going to sit and look at it until I wanted to restore it.”  That could be years.  LOL.’

That was enough for him and he accepted our offer. I would have paid double for this beautiful clock.

We are aging, and some of this furniture will have to go.  Nieces and nephews, those would  appreciate these things….but we are going to sit and look at Lady Harley for a long as we can.

Xmas Front House

Jane Kohut-Bartels

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