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Object Name Clock
Catalog Number 1958.55
Maker Waterbury Clock Company
Date 1859
Material(s) Cast iron; wood; glass; brass;
Dimensions H-20 W-15.25 D-6 inches
Description This is a mantle clock with a cast front and wooden case for the mechanism. The front appears to have a brass wash applied. The casting has captured game (fox, rabbit, and bird) hanging from a rope around the hinged pendulum window. Oak branches loaded with leaves, acorns, flowers, and two squirrels surround the dial. The face of the clock has roman numerals. Text cast into piece around pendulum window reads, "N Muller N.Y. No. 65 / Patent A.F. 1858."
Notes Belonged to Sarah Jane Smith Elliott, wife of Judge John M. Elliott of Prestonsburg. Elliott was a prominent Confederate sympathizer during the Civil War. Judge Elliott was assassinated on the steps of the Capitol Hotel in Frankfort in 1879 by Thomas Buford, an angered litigant, in a crime that shocked the nation.
Collection Oriole Gormley Jillson Collection
People Elliott, John L.
Waterbury Clock Company
Subjects Clocks & watches
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS