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Tick, tock, a historical clock

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Edmund Currier (1793-1853) was a silversmith and clockmaker born and trained in Hopkinton, NH. While in Hopkinton, Currier manufactured and repaired a wide variety of items including spectacles, cutlery, tableware, jewelry, tools, wagons, sleighs and harnesses. Currier also did locksmith work, gunsmith repairs, and manufactured instruments for doctors.  In addition, Currier repaired watches and was known as a fine clockmaker.

Hopkinton Historical Society is fortunate to have in its collection Edmund Currier’s account books from 1815 to 1825.  In these books, Currier lists 10 tall clock cases purchased from David Young and one from David Young Jr., both of Hopkinton.  Although the case of the society’s clock is not labeled, perhaps it was made by David Young (1746-1836), a well-known cabinetmaker and joiner. From these same account books, it is recorded that Currier sold eight case clocks with prices ranging from $35.00 to $65.00.

And, if you look closely at the clock’s face, Currier is spelled with three “r”s in the middle!

— Courtesy of the Hopkinton Historical Society

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150 years of history

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The New Hampshire Antiquarian Society has cleaned out its attic for the summer exhibit. This June, the second floor is dedicated to all the cool Hopkinton-related things society members have donated over the years, including the old Hopkinton post office window, a carousel horse, portraits of a local family by a well-known itinerant painter, and an old fire engine pumper used in town in 1811. (Never seen a hose made of leather and brass studs? Here’s your chance!) The museum is located on 300 Main Street, and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check Web site, http://www.nhantiquarian.org, for details on “Hopkinton’s Attic: 150 Years of Collecting History.”