Hurley Auctions is conducting the auction of one of the largest collections of clocks ever to be seen. The name Betty Jones (1935-2021) strikes a bell for many locals in Washington County, Maryland as an avid collector of fine antiques, carnival glass and clocks. Originally born in Cumberland, Maryland, Betty resided in the Hagerstown area for the majority of her life with her late husband, Jack Jones, who originally started their passion for collecting clocks which boasts nearly 1,000 clocks from across the globe. One clock in particular that Betty acquired was a tall case clock signed by local artist George Woltz (1774-1813) of Hagerstown.

Woltz was a well-known clock maker/artist and cabinetmaker in Hagerstown, creating clocks in the late 1700s to early 1800s. He was noted as a 2nd Major in the Maryland Militia In 1776, and served as a charter member of the Hagerstown Fire Co. in 1791. Woltz adamantly proposed in one of the meetings of the Mechanics Society in York, Pennsylvania in 1801: “May virtue continue to the mainspring of our government. May the friends of order wind up its chains, and may its hands always point to the public good,” in order to promote the member’s trades. The Woltz tall case clock Betty purchased more than 20 years ago came from a local Hagerstown bank for a sum of $7,000.

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