The antique gallery clock

Antique gallery clock

Antique gallery clock

While out to run a few errands I drove by one of my favorite old houses and there was a big sign out front announcing an estate sale.  I nearly rolled my car as I turned around to check it out!  Among all the beautiful antiques for sale was this gallery clock.  The adrenalin rushed through my body the second its glowing gold frame caught my eye.  With one hand on the clock (back off, this is mine!) I negotiated the price from 250 to 100.  Triumphant I left with the clock and its “works” in a little basket.  This clock is the real thing and dates to about the mid 1800’s.  The face is hand painted and is made from a carved piece of wood.  It still has its original curved bubble glass.

I had it sitting in the living room for quite a few months until I decided to bring it to a shop to get it fixed.  Off I went to Deep River, CT to Strempel’s Clocks and spoke to the owner and master clock guy, Mark Strempel.  As they say, long story short, Mark had my clock for about 3 months, it was a supreme challenge but he got it running!  When I first brought it home I was afraid to lift the frame and look inside I thought I might break something.  It has a pendulum and makes the most wonderful ticking sound.  I feel like our house now has a heart beat.  Mark instructed us on how to mount it to the wall, it has to be perfectly plumb, and how to wind it.  So once a week we lift the frame and give it a bunch of turns and its good to go.

antique gallery clock and empire desk

the clocks new home over my antique Empire desk

living room picture

gallery clock hopefully working with the gallery wall!

Strempel's Clocks sign

Strempel’s Clocks sign


Mark Strempel, Strempel's Clocks, Deep River, CT

Mark Strempel the clock whisperer

Here are some photos of clocks in Marks shop.  My eyes were popping as I scanned all the gorgeous antique clocks!

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one of Marks favorite clocks, very beautiful and very old!

antique clock

an antique clock in Marks shop

antique Dutch clock

17th century Dutch clock. the hood has been taken off to be able to repair. When this clock chimes the hour little mermaids “swim” and the ships rock in the waves, look at the painting on this beauty!

antique clock

I love these fancy old clocks!

antique clock

Love this little clock and the gold hand painted bird, so sweet

German cuckoo clock

no clock shop would be complete without a German hand carved cuckoo clock, gee, I hope that’s what it’s called!

It was magical to be in Marks shop with all the ticking and so many really, really old clocks.  If you’re local I recommend stopping in at Strempel’s even if you don’t have an old clock that needs repair.  Just to see these old beauties is amazing.



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  1. Love all these old clocks! I could spend all day watching them and listening to them. Does he sell them? Or are the ones that are there ones that he is working on for clients?

    • Hi Bonnie, he has a bunch for sale and to see them in person is a treat, each one has it’s own personality. Okay, I have to find this Elephants Trunk and make a day trip visit!

  2. I adore old clocks.. and your new one if FABULOUS! I’ve found quite a few at a big outdoor flea market near my house- called The Elephants Trunk. You should come one day and explore with me! Acres of stuff!

  3. That’s a kickass clock! What a find! :D

  4. What a beautiful clock. Who are the young men I wonder.

  5. How BEAUTIFUL . . . and a well-deserved find! :) I love hearing about treasures that go home with people who truly appreciate them!

  6. I love all of the clocks, they are fantastic, I really love the wall collage too. So beautiful and the clock is a perfect addition. I would love for you to link to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing.
    Hugs, Marty

  7. Oh Jayne…I LOVE your clock! Such a beautiful vignette over your lovely marble top chest! Your grouping over your sofa looks amazing … love this room! Thanks soooo much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday, so happy to have you share your beautiful blog!
    Blessings, Cindy

  8. Lovely clock – looks wonderful and so glad you shared at Open House!

  9. GREAT clock! I am looking for an antique clock and I’d love to find one like it! Thanks for linking up to From The Farm Blog Hop!

  10. This a very unique and beautiful collection.
    I really love an antique clock, it reminds me of my Grandma’s house

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