We went off on an antiquing exploration between snow storms today. This time we went to West Townsend, Massachusetts, forty-five miles northwest of Boston. There were three worthwhile spots to visit – the Hobart Village Antique Mall has new and reproduction pieces at a variety of price points and Antiques Associates at West Townsend has some pretty spectacular American and English pieces.
But the most spectacular shop was definitely Delaney Antique Clocks. Tall case clocks, carriage clocks, wall clocks – this huge shop is full of the gentle sound of ticking and chiming clocks. It was like un cœur qui bat (uhn kur key bah), a heartbeat of a living organism. Although the shop prides itself on having the largest selection of American tall clocks in the country, there are plenty of French beauties as well. There was a spectacular French crystal regulator with a beautiful porcelain bust of a woman.
The clocks that I liked best, however, were the French “Mystery” or “Swinger” clocks, so-called because of the mystery of how the swinging pendulum works. The ball at the top of the pendulum itself contains the clock mechanism that swings because of a weight inside it that is counterbalanced by another at the bottom. They’re great pieces of sculpture to boot. If you’re anywhere near Boston, this is a must-see destination.