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Just in Time: Exploring Kentucky Tall Case Clocks

May 18, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come join us for Just in Time: Exploring Kentucky Tall Case Clocks and learn the backstories behind early Kentucky tall case clocks with the experts who created the exhibition, Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790-1850. Enjoy a morning of presentations focused on the art, history, and technology of these Kentucky treasures; an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the exhibition’s accompanying catalog; and an afternoon tour of the exhibition with its creators.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Registration opens at 9 am
Program begins at 9:30 am and concludes by 1 pm
Lunch available for purchase at Wiltshire at the Speed
Tour for Program Participants to follow at 2:30 pm


$65 members / $75 non-members


Symposium Topics and Speakers:

From the Beginning: An Introduction to Kentucky Tall Case Clocks
Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, the Speed Art Museum

Early Kentucky tall case clocks tell many stories: of the talented artisans who created them, of local and regional practices, of fashionable taste, of international trade, of the nature of time and timekeeping in Federal America, and of family memory. This overview will touch on these themes and others, setting the stage for the day’s conversations.

Making the Case for the Art in Kentucky Tall Case Clocks
Mack Cox, independent researcher and collector

Kentucky tall case clocks consist of locally made cases mated with clock movements, dials, and other components often made elsewhere. While the latter are often well documented, the Kentucky-made portions and artistic expressions of early Kentucky craftsmen are nearly unknown. Based on over a decade of serious study of Kentucky furniture, this lecture will shed light on the art and Kentucky parts of the Kentucky tall case clock.

What Makes It Tick: Inside Kentucky Tall Case Clocks
Bob Burton, independent researcher and collector

The movements and related parts in Kentucky tall case clocks vary widely in type, materials, and origins. This discussion will reveal these secrets, exploring the time-keeping mechanisms, painted dials, and other components that marked the time in early Kentucky clocks.

Will the Real Elijah Warner Please Stand Up?
Greg Black, independent researcher and collector

Over the past decades, much has been written about Elijah Warner of Lexington, Kentucky, especially that he was a cabinetmaker and clockmaker. The recent discovery of nineteenth-century documents and advertisements cast new light on Warner’s training and occupation and the goods he produced and sold. This presentation will review this information to bring the real Elijah Warner into better focus.


May 18, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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