Clock, ca. 1850
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Date of Accession: 1941-00-00.

Mr. George C. Thomas, Jr., gave this clock as a gift to The Franklin Institute in 1917, having been given it by Mr. J.B.N. Hirons of Philadelphia.

The clock came with a history of having been fabricated in Paris by an eccentric clockmaker in 1776 and given to Franklin when he lived in France. In this case, it was the history that was fabricated. Terms of Use Credits