Watches n’ Such

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  Rev. Harry E. Miller (1874-1947) was born on June 5, 1874 in Pinegrove, Schuylkill County, PA to Issac and Fredricka Kustenbader Miller. His family relocated to Lebanon, PA in 1888. Soon afterwards he apprenticed at the Lebanon Manufacturing Company. At an early age he became interested in mechanics and the workings of tall case clocks and began to disassemble and perform repairs on them. This hobby led him to a life-long interest and career in clock making, and he eventually became a recognized authority on tall case clocks.

  Obviously, he did not live and work during the heyday era (1700-1850) of Pennsylvania tall case clock making. But, considering his meticulous workmanship, self-taught knowledge and clock making design that is comparable to the masters of the heyday era, he surely deserves to be acknowledged as an accomplished Lebanon County clockmaker.

  He built approximately 400 clocks during his lifetime and maintained a reputation as a fine clockmaker with many customers willing to wait for their order to be completed. He made some clock movements and used existing movements in his hand-made cases. An interesting example of his fine workmanship is a circa 1926 solid mahogany wood tall case clock (pictured below) that features a round metal dial with ornate top molding.

  He was also the pastor of the Salem United Brethren Church in Lebanon, PA for forty one years.

  Rev. Harry E. Miller died on February 5, 1947 in Lebanon, PA.




Miller, Rev. Harry E. (1874-1947)


Solid mahogany wood tall case clock - featuring an open glass door to view the pendulum and weights – eight day chain wind movement – round metal dial with Arabic numerals - (circa 1926) – Photos courtesy of Betty Patches of Lebanon, PA.


Tall Case with German Movement - Repaired by Harry Miller circa 1938 -  handwriting


Tall Case with German Movement - Repaired by Harry Miller circa 1938 -  - Left Hood View

Tall Case with German Movement - Repaired by Harry Miller circa 1938 -  - Left Side Trunk Molding View


Tall Case with German Movement - Repaired by Harry Miller circa 1938 -  Movement View


Tall Case with German Movement - Repaired by Harry Miller circa 1938 - Dial View


Tall Case with German Movement - Repaired by Harry Miller circa 1938 - Full Right Side View


Solid walnut wood tall case clock made in Germany circa 1880-1900. The handwriting on the inside of the case indicates this clock was repaired by Rev. Harry E. Miller sometime around 1938. In addition to his fascination with building clocks and clock movements he did service and repairs on clocks that he did not build himself.

Harry Miller - Bee Hive Top Tall Case Clock - Full Front View - courtesy of Pat Potocny - circa 1935

Harry Miller - Bee Hive Top Tall Case Clock - Top of Case View - courtesy of Pat Potocny - circa 1935


Harry Miller - Bee Hive Top Tall Case Clock - Full Front View with Door Open - courtesy of Pat Potocny - circa 1935


Harry Miller - Bee Hive Top Tall Case Clock - Dial Close Up View - courtesy of Pat Potocny - circa 1935

Solid walnut wood and veneers tall case clock with a bee hive top circa 1935. It features a 5 tubular eight day mechanical movement with a round brass dial, brass weights and a brass temperature compensating pendulum.