History of the Tavern Clock

Would you pay additional taxes to keep a clock in your home?

Back in July 1797, the English Parliament passed an Act that declared five shilling tax on clocks to help fund the war efforts. Many clock owners were forced to get rid of their clocks or hide them so they didn’t have to pay the additional five shilling tax.

However, tavern owners didn’t get rid of their clocks because they saw it as a way to gain some foot traffic. People knew the tavern owners kept their clocks and would stop in to see the current time – and maybe even stay to have a drink and meal.

The tavern clock or “Act of Parliament Clock” had a large dial so it was easy to spot and tell the time without a bezel or glass panel. Many were painted black, hung on a wall, and were weight driven.

After 9 months in April 1798, the Act that declared tax on clocks was repealed because it failed to collect considerable revenue and also resulted in a decline in trade.

Tavern clocks continue to hang on the walls of pubs, taverns and inns to this day.

34254Our new Tavern Wall Clock Case is sure to add a piece of history to your home. Similar to a kit, the Tavern Clock Case arrives unfinished, fully assembled, and ready for your choice of paint or stain.

It includes a custom antiqued dial with faux keywind holes and a quartz trigger clock movement that chimes Westminster on the hour and strikes the hours. The bottom door opens for storage.

Paint yours black like the tavern owners, or stain to match the décor in your home. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to become a quick conversational piece.

View our new Tavern Clock Case at Klockit.com.

Written By: Rachel Hicks

Rachel is part of the Klockit committee responsible for finding and researching new products. She has helped review many items in order to understand what makes a great product for all of our Klockit customers.

Love is in the air, dust is in the shop!

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, usually with candy, flowers and gifts for loved ones on the 14th. We’re quickly approaching that special day, so we ask, “Have you started on that special project for your Valentine?”

Good for you if your answer was yes. If not, don’t worry! You still have time to start on a project that will be transformed into a meaningful gift for that special someone. And by project, we don’t mean going to the store in search of the finest chocolate or prettiest flowers. By project, we mean a semi-handmade item that will light up your Valentine’s world. Literally.

Without further ado, we’d like you to meet one of our favorites: the Luminary Lantern Kit. If you asked us to describe the kit in 3 words, we’d tell you – easy to assemble. There are a few wood parts and assembly steps required, but for the most part, it’s a simple DIY project that can be completed in a few hours or in a few evenings.

Luminary Lantern Kit

This kit is designed for use with a color-changing LED tealight, which makes it easy to match your home décor or mood. It has 12 available color options, all controlled through a remote that works up to 10 feet away. Additionally, the kit was designed for use with 4 vellum panels. This kit comes standard with translucent plain panels, but you can spice it up by ordering one of the four decorator panel packs here.

Once built, the panels on the kit are easy to change. Just lift off the top of the lantern, and slide in the panels of your choice.  The seasons, sports, travel and advertising panel packs will soon be accompanied by new choices – vintage car, young children, hunting and nature panel packs are in the works are we speak!

Special Promo Code:

Here’s a 10% off promo code, good now through February 10, 2013: 5B521. Shop now at http://www.klockit.com!

Product Preview

Watch this short video to see the color-changing effects of the LED tealight:

Written By: Rachel Hicks

Rachel is part of our committee of finding and researching new products for Klockit. She has helped to review many of the products herself to understand what makes a great product for all of our Klockit customers.