Lynden Pioneer Museum hosts exhibit on antique timepieces

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 11, 2014 

LYNDEN - A collection of antique timepieces will be on display through Sept. 15 at the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

The museum, which features historical exhibits from the early days of northern Whatcom County, will be showing items on loan from the West Coast Clock and Watch Museum in Bellingham, including several dozen timepieces from the mid-1700s to the late 1940s that were manufactured in both North America and Europe.

"There's some really unique pieces," said Troy Luginbill, museum director and curator. "Even I was surprised at some of the different movements."

Highlights of the collection include rare early French enamel and art-glass pocket watch stands, whimsical animated and musical clocks, and unusual themed clock cases - from cast iron and bronze to colorful French, German and Dutch Delft (blue and white) porcelains. Also included are examples of 19th century woodcarvings and decorative Victorian-era tabletop and mantelpiece novelties.

Luginbill said his favorite is a French enamel painted pocket watch from the early 1800s.

"I'm sort of a pocket watch kind of guy. It's just gorgeous," he said.

"These are not just timepieces, they are works of art," Luginbill said. "At the very least, people should stop by and take a look from the window."

Lynden Pioneer Museum is at 217 Front St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $7 adults; $4 seniors and students; children 6 and younger are admitted free. There's an optional $4 tour fee.

For more information, call 360-354-3675 or go to lyndenpioneermuseum.com.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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