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Object ID # 1956.015.011abcd
Object Name Clock
Title Horace Burr Clock
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 1830s
Made Horace Burr
Place of Origin Dundas, Upper Canada
Description 1830s brown wooden case clock (a) with door on front (glass top which shows face and mirrored bottom) which is hinged on the right side (facing face of clock). Clock has wooden wheels. Pendulum (b), No. 7 weight (c), No. 9 weight (d). Numerals are normal (not Roman) and silver and are soldered onto a metal wire frame structure. Columns (one on each side of door) are painted black, as is the door. "IMPROVED CLOCKS, MANUFACTURED AND SOLD BY HORACE BURR, DUNDAS, U.C., Warranted if well used / Printed at the offices fo the Dundas Weekly Post by G.H. Hackstaff" is on the paper adhered to the interior front centre and directions on how to operate the clock are on either side of the pendulum. All of the wheels are wooden, except for the escapement wheel.
Makers mark Printed label on the interior
Provenance This clock was made at Dundas, Upper Canada, in the early 1830s. Dundas is located near Hamilton.

The previous owner, Mr. Aubrey E. Holmes, is a son of George Holmes, and a grandson of Robert Holmes. The Holmes family were previously located in Puslinch Township before they came to Grey County. Robert Holmes had a lime kiln at Holmes' Rock, along the Garafraxa Road (now 9th Avenue East near 6th Street East, Owen Sound, Grey County). The Holmes family was related to the Steadman family.

Mr. Aubrey Holmes, was the son of George Holmes & Mary (MacKey) Holmes. George Holmes (b. July, 1860) was one of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holmes. George's mother died in 1865 from smallpox, when he was five years of age.

The Grey County archives has an image of the Holmes family log cabin at Owen Sound as it looked in the 19th-century. There are also images of George Holmes as a young man in the late 19th-century.
Collection Horology, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Brass/Glass/Paper/Ink
Dimensions W-43 L-74.4 D-12.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Holmes, George
Holmes, Aubrey
Subjects Victorian
Clockmakers
Timekeeping
1830s
Function Likely a mantel clock, or placed on a clock shelf in a household.