Johnston Clock, 1972.


Johnston Clock, 1972.

The collection consists of one freestanding clock, the case for which was made by Robert W. John of Athens, Georgia, in late 1972. It is a long case clock, approximately 72 inches in height, which is a size frequently referred to as a "Grandmother Clock." The case is made of red gum wood that was harvested in the swamps of Mississippi and milled in Doraville, Georgia. The face and clock works were made in Germany and were obtained from an importer in Greensboro, North Carolina. The clock was purchased from the builder by Dorothy F. Johnston in February, 1973. Though the basic patterns and dimensions were taken from an early American clock located in Providence, Rhode Island, the clock is unique - there was never another made to duplicate it. The clock currently stands in the Hargrett Library at the University of Georgia. Also included in the collection is a set of instructions on the care and regulation of the clock, which the builder expected to run for a lifetime provided it was properly set up and regulated.

1 clock (3.0 linear ft.)


SNAC Resource ID: 7331374

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Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (corporateBody)

The Hargrett Library traces its origins to the acquisition of the Wymberly Jones De Renne Library by the University of Georgia in 1938. The De Renne collection encompasses 10,000 items dated 1700 to 1931 and, at the time of its purchase, it constituted the largest and most important assemblage of books and manuscripts relating to the history of Georgia as colony and state. Another formative collection of the Hargrett Library is that of our namesake, Felix Hargrett, a businessman, book collect...

Johnston, Dorothy F. (person)

John, Robert W., 1919- (person)