Clocks' many duties stand the test of time
It whirs, strikes, tick-tocks and chimes all around you. The top of the hour is almost “It's the sound and the mystique of something that ticks and continues to operate that's 100 to 200 years old,” said Scott Childs, owner of the shop and one of ...
March 6, 2015
Dust off your antiques for Go-Art!'s first-ever Appraisal Fair
Appraisal categories include paintings and art, jewelry and coins, vintage toys, military and tools, sports memorabilia and figurines, china, pottery and lamps. Upson has a mantle clock with Westminster chimes and Wyrwa may also bring in a pocketwatch, ...
March 26, 2015
Massive gift keeps nation's last clock school ticking
A four-car garage, two rooms inside the Klein home and a shed held treasures, plus boxes of clock hands, chimes, pendulums and other clock innards. Kopperud planned to hire a truck company to bring the gift, but soon got a shock — it would cost about ...
February 27, 2015
Downtown businesses reel from quake
Others sustained heavy losses in inventory, from wine to antiques, olive oil and clothing. One of the hardest-hit buildings was the historic three-story commercial building, Alexandria Square, at Second and Brown streets, home to Carpe Diem wine bar....
August 24, 2014
The grandfather clock
Now it was 1982, and the old clock — its varnish sticky from humidity, its strike unwilling to synchronize with its filigree hands — had found its predestined place in his home. Furniture had to be rearranged, and His interpretation of these ...
October 7, 2014
It's almost time for East Side clock shop owner to pass torch
Customers who step into the store are greeted by the familiar tune of the Westminster Chimes and the low whistle of German-made cuckoo clocks, which go off at irregular intervals. But it's not just clocks they see -- everything from lamps and rocking ...
March 15, 2014
The time lords
The store, The Golden Hour Clock Shop, was the first clock shop to open in Edmonton, Ronnie says, and is one of the few in town that still repairs antique clocks. The shop itself contains hundreds of clocks — wood ones, metal ones, car and cat ...
August 23, 2014
“We never broke any of them,” she said, admitting she doesn’t know their value. If you have ever wondered how much that prized crystal — or necklace, penny or autographed baseball — is worth, you will get your chance to find out, Wyrwa and fellow committee members Lorri Goergen, Cynthia Kiebala and Robin Upson said. Appraisal Fair from 10 a. m. to 2:30 p. m. May 16 at Go Art. , 201 East Main St. “I went to WXXI’s appraisal fair and found it to be a pleasant experience,” Goergen said Monday at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council site. “It exposes appraisers to a lot of people who can get to know them. There are at least eight professional appraisers signed up for the event, she said. So start sifting through attic remnants and sorting through those knick knacks in the china cabinet. Appraisal categories include paintings and art, jewelry and coins, vintage toys, military and tools, sports memorabilia and figurines, china, pottery and lamps. Upson has a mantle clock with Westminster chimes and Wyrwa may also bring in a pocketwatch, piece of vintage jewelry or her mother’s shadow box with intricate carving on it. “I’m just curious what they’re worth,” she said. The piece was left behind by the people who sold Goergen her house.
Downtown Napa was littered with broken glass and pockets of fallen masonry as the sun rose Sunday morning, with businesses challenged to clean up and secure their damaged inventory — all without electricity. As many as half of all businesses along First and Second streets in the downtown core had lost at least one window, some more. Others sustained heavy losses in inventory, from wine to antiques, olive oil and clothing. One of the hardest-hit buildings was the historic three-story commercial building, Alexandria Square, at Second and Brown streets, home to Carpe Diem wine bar. Both the second and first floors sustained significant water damage, according to manager Ken Stoddard. Pushing a broom to sweep murky colored water out of her store, Sandina Bailo of Sala Salon said she was shocked to arrive at her business early Sunday morning and find the space flooded from broken sprinkler pipes. With all the water, drywall, ceiling, floor and equipment damage, “I’m down for months,” she estimated. “I lost 75 percent of my inventory,” said Jennifer Smith, a vendor at Antiques on Second. “All the cases were knocked over,” causing hundreds if not thousands of pieces of glassware, porcelain and china to crash to the floor, she said. Owner Molly Silcox estimated an 80 percent loss to the antique collective.
The clock. It was taller by half than the old man himself,. But it stopped short — never to go again —. When the old man died. He was at mid-life when his grandfather’s clock — always a shadowy figure in the corner of his memory — became at last his own. Built in Zeeland, Michigan, it had been purchased in the early ‘20s and graced his grandparents’ Main Line home throughout his mother’s childhood. When his grandparents’ home was closed, the task of disassembling, packaging, and rebuilding the amazing jumble of chimes and levers and cabinetry was assigned to the heir with the gifted hands. Now it was 1982, and the old clock — its varnish sticky from humidity, its strike unwilling to synchronize with its filigree hands — had found its predestined place in his home. Years of wear have carved dips into its works, so that the big brass weights can barely pull the chimes through their melody. Each of the tubular chimes was gleaming from a gentle rub-down with polish before he was ready to hang them in place.