Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Antique Clock on Display

W. M. Freeman was a jeweler in Marion in 1894.  From an article in the Crittenden Press dated August 8, 1894 it tells a little about Mr. Freeman.  "His stock, which is varied and comprehensive, includes clocks and watches from the most celebrated makers, native and foreign.  He claims special expertness in repairing watches and jewelry and in engraving which claim, from general opinion, he has substantiated."

I am not familiar with the location of Mr. Freeman shop at that time, and sometimes jewelers didn't have a shop of their own and would have a section in a popular drug store where they displayed their wares and did their repairs.

This antique pendulum clock from Mr. Freeman's Jewerly Shop was located at the Crittenden County Board of  Education for many years, the earliest remembrance was in the 1970's when the Board office was located at the Court House.  The clock followed the Board when they moved to their present location on West Elm St.  Who owned it or where it was previously located is not known.

The clock's new residence in at the Historical Museum at 124 East Bellville St.  It is a handsome clock, standing over 4 feet tall with beautiful carved features on it.  You can see at the bottom of the clock, the name of W. M. Freeman, Marion, Ky.  This clock is about 117 years old. 

The Museum is very proud to be the new home of this beautiful and unique piece of Marion's past history.

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