Fuston clocks on display at Polk Home

Fuston clocks on display at Polk Home | Roy Fuson

The new exhibit "Keeping Time: Clocks from 1795-1850" will run now through March 2, 2014 at Polk Presidential Hall.

Featuring over 50 clocks from the collection of Steve and Kathie Fuston, the exhibition showcases examples from some of the finest clock manufacturers from the first half of the 19th century. Many of the clocks were collected by Steve’s father, the late Roy Fuston and were displayed at business on the Woodbury Square.

The exhibition showcases a wide variety of crafted timepieces including tall case, mantel, banjo, steeple, and beehive clocks.

Although affluent Americans in the early 1800's treasured ornate gilded dome clocks from France, U.S. manufacturers also produced first-rate clocks that were more affordable for the general public and are now prized by collectors. 

Works by noted New England clockmakers Eli Terry, Seth Thomas, and Chauncey Jerome are highlighted in the exhibit as well as the reproduction of 19th-century clocks by the infamous Elmer Stennes who crafted many of his pieces while in prison for murdering his wife. 

Tickets are $5. Combination tickets for the Presidential Hall and the Polk Home are also available.  

For more information, visit www.jameskpolk.com.   

The James K. Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 W. 7th Street in downtown Columbia.

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