George Oves (1783-1837) was born on April 4, 1783 to Abraham and Elizabeth Oves. He married Elizabeth Buehler on September 24, 1805. He is well known in the Central Pennsylvania area as a clockmaker and several of his tall case clocks still exist. His clock cases were constructed of fine quality local wood with Germanic cabinetmaking styles and he used simplistic straight line patterns. He also used one central finial that stood high above the broken arch that gave his clocks a higher standing and streamlined appearance. One fine example of a tall case clock built by him was donated to the Lebanon County Historical Society in 2009 by Mrs. Marian Smith (pictured below).
George Oves died in Lebanon, PA on December 4, 1837.
Oves, George (1783-1837)
White dial features a very colorful hand painted spandrel area and moon phase dial and is signed ‘George Oves, Lebanon’ – (circa 1810) - Photo courtesy of the Lebanon County Historical Society
Cherry wood featuring beautiful grain patterns, columns grooved into the sides of the trunk, one central finial and bracket feet – (circa 1810) – Photo courtesy of the Lebanon County Historical Society.
Streamlined hood design with one central finial – Photo courtesy of the Lebanon County Historical Society.