Did you know? French Morbier clocks strike twice...

January 22, 2017

 

Did you know that French Morbier clocks strike twice on the hour?  If you are not familiar with them, Morbier clocks were provincial clocks that had many hands in its manufacture.  Various parts were often made by village farmers or idol workers during the long cold winter months and then assembled by a local clocksmith.  

 

Though common in their origin, Morbier clocks had the unique quality of striking twice on the hour.  Some say it was so that a person could catch the exact time on the second striking.  Another reason put forward was to remind people of prayers. The story, which is far from religious or practical, is the double strike reminded lovers that they had just a few minutes to get dressed before the arrival of the spouse.

 

Whichever reason you prefer, you can also have your preference of Morbiers like these two fine examples at Mill House Antiques.  More than an ordinary experience.

 

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