January 30, 2015
Martin Shreiner, one of Lancaster's foremost tall case clockmakers, built and numbered 317 clocks over a period of four decades, beginning in 1789. He constructed clock No. 250, circa 1815. That clock sold at auction on January 17 for $204,000, a record price for a Shreiner clock and perhaps the highest price ever paid for any clock made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, according to Jamie Shearer, the auctioneer at the Pook & Pook auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The mahogany clock has an eight-day works with 11 bells playing seven tunes. It is one of only five musical clocks by Shreiner. A similar Shreiner musical clock No. 201 circa 1810, is in the collection of the National Watch and Clock Museum (see photo). The clock was donated to the museum in 1991 by John R. Schmitt, Lilliam M. Hasse and Families in memory of Alfonso and Elizabeth Schmitt.
We spent some time this week working with our HVAC controls contractor to tune our winter settings....