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Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : Antique Connecticut Clocks: Gingerbread Clocks

Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : Antique Connecticut Clocks: Gingerbread Clocks


The final clock case style we will talk about
in this series is the gingerbread clock. Maybe you have all been waiting for that. These
are sometimes called kitchen clocks as well. They weren’t that collectible until maybe
30 years ago or so. I’ve heard old timers talk about these as doorstops or kindling
but they became much more popular I guess as people started to remember that grandma
had a gingerbread clock or Aunt Sue had a gingerbread clock in her kitchen for years
so they remember it that way. This is a particularly important one and one of the few really that
have significant collector value and interest because this is a clock that commemorates
Admiral Dewey and his victory over the Spanish in The Spanish American War. So not only do
we have an image of Dewey up in the crest there but we have a picture of his battleship
down below in the glass and we have these stars here and anchors in the motif and flags
and cannonballs. So all this was a result of technology that had developed at this time
that allowed us to make thousands of styles of gingerbread clocks because we invented
ways of quickly cutting hard oak and impressing patterns into hard oak with steam presses
and powerful jigsaws. Often I will see gingerbread clocks and people will say yea it’s a nice
hand carved clock I got. This is not hand carved. This was mass produced- quick saws,
heavy steel presses, putting all kinds of patterns in there from Admiral Dewey to birds
to flowers to trees. All of them very interesting but maybe except for these not as collectible
as other styles of clocks these days.

2 comments on “Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : Antique Connecticut Clocks: Gingerbread Clocks

  1. my old Waterbury has a price tag on the back that says $75, and i know it has been there my entire 34 years at least. i wonder if that was high for one back in the old days?

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